Is the way of authenticating a document or identity of a person who takes an oath on the content of the document and notary also witnessed the signature that appears on the document.


An Apostille certifies the signature and seal of the official who issued the document or who notarized it. The apostille does not certify the content of the document.


Legalization is the final step of certifying a document for use in a foreign country that is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention. Legalization involves presenting the document to the embassy or consulate of the country where it will be used and obtaining their stamp and signature on it.

Some examples of documents that may need to be legalized are:

  • Birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, adoption certificates, divorce certificates, etc. These are usually required for immigration, citizenship, marriage, adoption, inheritance, or other personal matters.
  • Diplomas, transcripts, certificates, licenses, etc. These are usually required for education, employment, professional recognition, or other academic matters.
  • Contracts, agreements, deeds, titles, bills of sale, etc. These are usually required for business, trade, property, or other commercial matters.
  • Power of Attorney Documents, Assignment Documents, Affidavits, declarations, court orders, judgments, etc. These are usually required for legal, judicial, or other official matters.

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