What is an Apostille?

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Apostille Certificate

Atlas Translations are able to translate a document for you as well as organise and obtain an Apostille Certificate for you. So there is no need for you to worry about anything! But here’s a little bit of information about Apostilles.

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille Certificate is an official certificate issued to documents so they will be recognised in member states without further Legalisation.

When might you need one?

You need an Apostille Certificate when a foreign organisation request one as proof of authenticity. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will apply an Apostille Certificate only to UK-sourced papers, once done they will be usable overseas. There is a reciprocal agreement between countries signed up to Convention 12 of the Hague Convention stating that member states will accept paperwork apostilled in any of the other member states.

Examples on when you may need an Apostille:

• Overseas students studying at UK universities may need to produce education certificates, letters of attendance or transcripts when returning to their home country

• Proof of ID such as Birth Certificates or copies of passports

• Death Certificates, Wills or Powers of Attorney for use abroad

• Criminal Record checks for employment overseas

• UK residents wishing to work abroad may need proof of qualifications

• Company incorporation certificates when opening bank accounts or trading abroad

• Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) for companies trading overseas

• Certificate of No Impediment for marriage overseas

• Divorce documents from the UK for name change on overseas passports

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  1. US Apostille

    An “Apostille” is a form of authentication issued for documents that will be used in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Apostilles are only used to authenticate documents that will be used in another country. An Apostille may take the form of a stamp upon a document or it may be attached to the document as an allonge (a French word describing an attachment to a legal document). If an allonge is used, it is important that it NEVER be detached from the original document, to which it may be stapled, glued, or otherwise firmly attached.

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