Saturday, August 11, 2012


What is an Apostille and why do I need one?

An Apostille is a certification provided under the Hague convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries.

An Exemplified certification covers those countries who did not sign the Hague Treaty.

The sole function of the Apostille or Exemplified certificate is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document.

For our purposes, this will likely only include your documents for birth. Other Apostilles include death, marriage, and divorce.

Source: Department of Health


  1. For Korea, you need to have a Criminal Record Check that is verified with an Apostille from the Department Of State in Washington, DC.
    Also, you need a Diploma Copy that is notarized and then go to the State Office (individual state locations very) to have it receive an Apostille. The Criminal Record Check cannot be authenticated by a state authority. It must be authenticated by the D.O.S.

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