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What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a method of authentication, which comes from the French to certify, authenticate or complete. Apostilles are used when documents need to go from one country to another country, for example, a birth certificate would be something that would require an apostille if it were going from the United States to any of the Hague Convention countries *. Put simply, an apostille is a certificate that is attached to another document so that it will be accepted when used overseas.

Obtaining an Apostille

All documents must be original documents, and must be presented to ATG for authentication. We recommend sending us a scanned copy of the document before sending the original to us.

Original Documents

These are documents that might need a notary seal, such as corporate documents, by-laws, declarations, affidavits, etc. All documents, except those certified by the California registrar, must be notarized.

Certified Documents

Documents that already have a certification such as birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates must be from a California registrar.