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Apostille

The notary public of a local register office can certify that the signatory of a given document is authorised to do so. This type of certification is referred to as an Apostille Certificate. The Apostille Certificate relates to general documents, in other words official documents and certificates provided by authorities.

The Apostille Certificate is necessary if the document is to be presented to the authority of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961). Information on the Hague Convention as well as an English language list of its member states can be found at:

http://hcch.e-vision.nl/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=41

Apostille Certificates can also, upon request, be provided for translations by authorised translators and documents signed by physicians. An Apostille signature certifies the authenticity of the signature of a signed document, the position of the signatory, as well as the authenticity of a seal or stamp attached to a document.