At Corporate Creations, we stay up to date on all changes made to the Hague Convention. This enables us to accurately advise our clients regarding the specific requirements of every foreign country, ensuring your documents are handled in the proper manner as quickly as possible.

Apostille or Legalization?

Apostille

An apostille is used for verification purposes in countries participating in the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. This is usually a one step process that can be quickly completed at the Secretary of State’s office.

Legalization

Legalization is used for countries that are not a signatory to the Hague Convention. This is a four-step process known as the “chain authentication method.”

During this method, various seals are placed on the documents in the following steps:

  • Notarization
  • Legalization by the Secretary of State, which is similar to the apostille process
  • Authentication by the U.S. Department of State
  • Authentication by the embassy in the country where the document will be used

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