Fees include County Clerk, Secretary of State, and Department of State (as required depending on the document). Fees for Non-Hague countries also include Embassy/Consulate legalization. Mailing of documents is also included if you are within the US.
Apostille service is required for Trustee Service for certain country registrations, such as Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Iraq. When you order an domain with Trustee Service for these countries, you can select Apostille service at that time. For general apostille services, please register on this page.
Our Apostille Services certifies that a document is a true copy of the original. Apostilles are an accepted form of authentication of documents in countries who have signed the Hague Convention (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents). While a notarization is local, an apostille is global.
Apostilles can be used for trustee service in registering domains, but they may also be used for Power of Attorney, authenticating passports, marriages, adoptions, inheritance, contracts and documents. While the apostille certifies the document is a true copy of the original document, it does not verify that the original content is correct.
How to get an apostille
Determine if the country is a part of the Hague Convention or not. Look through the appropriate sections below.
step 1Purchase the service.
step 2Get your document notarized. If you are in the US, use a valid Notary Public. If you are outside the US, use the competent authority notary of that country.
step 3Upload your documents. You will be given this opportunity at checkout.
You have the option to have the finalized apostille sent directly to you or to our offices. If the apostille is for domain registration, we highly recommend that the documents be sent directly to us so there is no delay in securing your domain name.
An apostille can take as few as 7 days, or up to 3 weeks depending on the country.
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Marshal Islands
- Serbia Montenegro
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- Burkina Faso
- Congo Republic
- Congo Democratic
- Costa Rica
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
Apostille Service FAQ
An Apostille is placed directly on the document by a rubber stamp, sticker or seal, or on a separate attached page called an allonge. The allonge should be attached by grommets, staples, ribbons, or seals. The most secure method of affixation is encouraged to ensure the integrity of the Apostille. You should never detach an Apostille no matter how it’s affixed.
Apostilles are available in countries that have signed the Hague Convention. If you request service for a country not listed in the Hague Convention, don’t worry, you can still get authenticated through a procedure called Embassy Legalization.
Embassy legalization is the service used for Non-Hague countries where an original document needs to be certified as a true copy. This is just like an apostille but requires legalization by the embassy or consulate of the country where the document needs to be certified as a true copy. See list of Non-Hague Countries.
The Annex to the Apostille Convention provides a Model Apostille Certificate Apostilles which should conform as closely as possible to this Model Certificate. Mainly, an Apostille must: be identified as an Apostille, include the short version of the French title of the Convention (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961) and include a box with the 10 numbered standard informational items. An Apostille may also provide additional information.
The Competent Authority (the company approved to issue Apostilles) is required to keep a register recording date and number of every Apostille it issues as well as the person or authority that signed or sealed the underlying document. Recipients may contact the Competent Authority, a list of them is included in the Apostille Section of the Hague Conference website.
Many Competent Authorities have started online electronic Registers (e-Registers) where queries to verify the origin of the Apostille can be made easily. If this service is available, the webs address of the e-Register is mentioned on the Apostille.
The Convention allows Competent Authorities to issue Apostilles in electronic form (e-Apostilles) and to maintain registers of Apostilles (e-Registers). More information on the Apostille Pilot Program can be found at www.e-APP.info.
The Hague Conference on Private International Law started in 1893 and became a permanent intergovernmental organization in 1955. The Conference deals with legal issues in civil and commercial matters in cross-border situations. They assist with the implementation and operation of multilateral Conventions. Hague Conventions have dealt with Apostilles, service of process abroad, taking of evidence abrouad, securities, child abduction, adoption, etc. by opening communication between various legal systems. The Secretariat of the Hague Conference is called the Permanent Bureau, located in The Hague, The Netherlands.