When a document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to authenticate the notarization or certification. Foreign countries often require documents to be authenticated before the documents will be accepted in the foreign jurisdiction. An “authentication” certifies the signature and the position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a document.
Basic Apostille Information
The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country. The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
What is an “Apostille” [uh-pos-til]?
Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined the convention. Under the Hague Convention, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille.”
What is the Apostille or Authentication and how do I get one for my Transcript/Diploma?
Upon a written request signed by the student and submission of the $25 apostille fee, the Registrar’s Office of Hartwick College will produce the requested transcript and have it notarized (fee includes transcript). A diploma may be notarized if provided by the student. This process is only available for Transcripts and Diplomas. If a new copy of the diploma is needed a request must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
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