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Who Can Issue An Apostille?

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Can I issue an “apostille” for a document? N.M., San Francisco, CA

No, you may not. Under The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961, a treaty of 100 nations including the United States, apostilles may be issued only by a competent specialist authorized to issue an apostille, such as the Secretary of State’s office. Apostilles are certificates used to verify notarial acts and other important records sent to another country. These documents certify the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acted, and (when appropriate) the identity of the person who was issued the seal or stamp. Under the Hague treaty, Notaries are not authorized to certify their own signatures and seals.

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27 Feb 2017

Can a notary notarize 70 pages worth of bank documents from India and the signer lives in Florida. Her mom passed away and the signer is requesting the funds?

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2017

Hello Jessica. In order to answer your question, can you please tell us what state the Notary is commissioned in?

Nimesh Patel

26 Mar 2019

I need to get my birth certificate apostilled and attested by the Indian Consulate for my OCI application. I was born in the United Kingdom but I live in Orlando, Florida. How can I get this done?

National Notary Association

26 Mar 2019

Hello. We would suggest contacting either a United Kingdom consulate or an Indian consulate in your area and requesting instructions from them.

Mrs Jean Wood

23 Apr 2019

Do I need apostille seal added to British death certificate. I need this to redigester my husbands death in Turkey & do also need this on his will .? His will has no mention of the little apartment in Turkey. Please help, thank you.

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2019

Hello. Our condolences on your loss. We apologize, but we would not be the right organization for you to contact. We suggest contacting the closest British or Turkish consulate or embassy to request instructions from them regarding any apostille requirements.

Alistair Shearer

04 Jul 2019

I have Indian document showing my share holding in a company there. The authorities are asking for notary and apostille signatures. I live in UK; can my solicitor here do this for me?

National Notary Association

22 Jul 2019

Hello. We are sorry, but we cannot answer legal questions. You would need to contact your solicitor to ask if this can be done.


19 Aug 2019

Who has the authority in the USA to appostille irish passport

National Notary Association

20 Aug 2019

Hello. You may wish to contact your closest Irish embassy or consulate to ask them for assistance.


08 Sep 2019

Hello I am applying for Spanish citizenship and have been requested to apostille my passport, my birth certificate, and another document verifying my ancestral lineage. I am born in the USA. Where can I get this done? Thanks!!

National Notary Association

09 Sep 2019

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you tell us what state you are located in?

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