Apostille Services - Order Apostille Online For Every Country or US State

Apostille Services for Any Country or US State

Order apostille for any country online

Apostille Services by RCD Wealth help clients to order and obtain the apostille, by online order, and from any country being member of the The Hague convention Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

For countries that are not members, we offer services of facilitation of highest legalisation of documents as prescribed.

The notaried or public document is to be sent to our office, from where we are obtaining the appropriate apostille and sending such document with apostille back to you or to the prescribed party, bank, government office or other destination.

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Apostille Convention

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille (from Latin post illa and then French: a marginal note). It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document.


Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention.[2] A list of these authorities is maintained by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Examples of designated authorities are embassies, ministries, courts or (local) governments. For example, in the United States, the Secretary of State of each state and his or her deputies are usually competent authorities. In the United Kingdom, all apostilles are issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes.[3]

To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be issued or certified by an officer recognised by the authority that will issue the apostille. For example, in the US state of Vermont, the Secretary of State maintains specimen signatures of all notaries public, so documents that have been notarised are eligible for apostilles.[4] Likewise, courts in the Netherlands are eligible of placing an apostille on all municipal civil status documents directly. In some cases, intermediate certifications may be required in the country in which the document originates before it will be eligible for an apostille. For example, in New York City, the Office of Vital Records (which issues, among other things, birth certificates) is not directly recognised by the New York Secretary of State.[5] As a consequence, the signature of the City Clerk must be certified by the County Clerk of New York County to make the birth certificate eligible for an apostille.[6][7] In Japan all the official documents are issued in Japanese language, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA, JAPAN) then provides an apostille for these documents.[8] In India the apostille certification can be obtained from the Ministry of External Affairs[9]


The apostille itself is a stamp or printed form consisting of 10 numbered standard fields. On the top is the text APOSTILLE, under which the text Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961 (French for Hague Convention of 5 October 1961) is placed. This title must be written in French for the Apostille to be valid (article 4 of the Convention). In the numbered fields the following information is added (may be in official language of the authority which issues it or in a second language):

Country ... [e.g. Hong Kong, China] This public document has been signed by [e.g. Henry Cho] acting in the capacity of [e.g. Notary Public] bears the seal/stamp of [e.g. High Court of Hong Kong] Certified at [e.g. Hong Kong] the ... [e.g. 16 April 2014] by ... [e.g. the governor of the special administrative district of Hong Kong, China] No ... [e.g. 2536218517] Seal/stamp ... {of the authority giving the apostille} Signature

The information can be placed on the (back of the) document itself, or attached to the document as an allonge.

Eligible Documents

Four types of documents are mentioned in the convention:[1]

  1. court documents

2 administrative documents (e.g. civil status documents)

  1. notarial acts

  2. official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentications of signatures.


A State that has not signed the Convention must specify how foreign legal documents can be certified for its use. Two countries may have a special convention on the recognition of each other's public documents, but in practice this is infrequent. Otherwise, the document must be certified by the foreign ministry of the country in which the document originated, and then by the foreign ministry of the government of the state in which the document will be used; one of the certifications will often be performed at an embassy or consulate. In practice this means the document must be certified twice before it can have legal effect in the receiving country. For example, as a non-signatory, Canadian documents for use abroad must be certified by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa or by a Canadian consular official abroad and subsequently by the relevant government office or consulate of the receiving state.

States that are party to the convention

The convention has 112 parties and is in force for all members of the European Union and all but 10 members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The most recent state to accede to the convention is Chile (entry into force 30 August 2016).

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