An Apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a French word meaning certification. An Apostille is simply the name of a specialized certificate, attached to an original document to verify that it is legitimate and authentic. Apostilles are used in countries that have joined the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. They are often needed in adoptions, extraditions, applications for jobs or graduate programs abroad, and certain business transactions.
The process for requesting an Apostille includes:
- Submit a written request with signature including a fee of $140 to cover fees and mailings and detailing to which document the Apostille should be attached (usually a transcript or statement of certification or graduation) and mentioning the country to which it is being sent.
- Request official transcript (separate fee).
- Provide original diploma or request duplicate diploma (separate fee).
- The Office of the Registrar will mail these documents to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office, Authentication Division along with the necessary fees and a notarized cover letter confirming the authenticity of the documents.
- When documents are returned from the State, they will be returned to the requestor.
This process usually takes three to four weeks if you do not need to order a duplicate diploma.
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