What Is An Apostille and

When Would You Need One?

Simplest Explanation:

An Apostille is a certified or legalized document for use in a foreign country.

Most Common Reasons For an Apostille


What Types of Document(s) Need An Apostille


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When you get your documents back, DO NOT remove the staples or any special binding as this invalidates the seal for Apostille, Certification or Authentication.

Official Definition of An Apostille:

Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a state or federal agency and/or certified by a Notary Public, American or foreign consul. An apostille certifies the document(s), so the document can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.  

Hague Convention Countries

Albania, Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Barbuda, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Grenadines, Guatemala, Herzegovina, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nevis, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia. 

What If Your Destination Country Is Not On The List Above?

Documents to be Apostilled for Countries that are not members of the Hague Convention Treaty require an additional step or two to obtain the Apostille (depends on the destination country).  Here at Garden State Apostille Services, we are experienced in obtaining documents that require the Federal Department of State Seal along with Embassy/Consulate office seal(s) if needed. 

Non-Participating Hague Convention Countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo Democratic, Congo Republic, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Paraguay, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.

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