We specialise in obtaining Apostille Certificates for all original Australian public, company, commercial and educational documents.
Apostille is a French word (pronounced “ah-poh-steel”), meaning a certificate issued by a government of a country, authenticating the signature and or seal of a public official on a public document issued by that country, and intended for use in a foreign country.
Australian public, company, commercial or educational documents, including documents witnessed, certified and sealed by an Australian Notary Public, when affixed or attached with an Apostille Certificate issued by the Australian Government, will automatically be accepted for legal use in foreign countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention.
Apostille Certificates are restricted in their use to those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention; otherwise a full embassy or consulate legalisation procedure is necessary. Australia is a member of The Hague Convention, having ratified it on 9th August, 1994.
As of 4th July, 2016, the following countries are full members and participate in the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. The number of contracting countries to this convention is presently 132.
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French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, New Caledonia, Reunion, St.Pierre & Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna
Aruba, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles: (Curacao, Bonaire, St Martin, St Eustatius, & Saba)
Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montserrat, Mauritius, St. Georgia & the South Sandwich Island, St Helena, Tonga & Caicos Islands, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands (British)
50 USA States, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, The District of Columbia, Guam (Territory of), US Virgin Islands
An Apostille certificate is the appropriate form of legalisation, if your Australian public document is required to operate in any of the above participating Hague Convention countries.
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