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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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Jessica

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.

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