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Apostille - Hague Convention

Apostille - Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents

The United States is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another. For the purposes of the Convention, public documents include: (a) documents emanating from a court, (b) documents issued by an administrative authority (such as civil records), and (c) documents executed before a notary. Such documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention certificate called an "Apostille" are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication.

Where you may obtain the Apostille?

State Authentication Authorities


Office of the Secretary of State
Commercial Recording Division
30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Mailing address P.O. Box 150470 Hartford CT 06115-0470
Phone: (860) 509-6002

Fee: $20.00


Office of Secretary of State
Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions
Division of Corporations, UCC and Commissions
101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101
Tel. (207) 624-7736

Fee: $10.00


Secretary of the Commonwealth
Division of Public Records
1. One Ashburton Place, Room 1719, Boston, MA 02108-1512
Tel: (617) 727-2836

2. 436 Dwight Street, Room 102 Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 413-784-1376

3. 218 South Main Street Suite 206, Fall River, MA 02721
Tel. 508-646-1374

Fee: $6.00

New Hampshire

Office of Secretary of State
Statehouse, Room 204, Concord, NH 03301
Mailings address 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
Tel 603-271-3242

Fee: $10.00
Expedited service: 25$

New Jersey

Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue, Notary Unit
33 West State Street, 5th Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608-1214
Mailing address PO Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646
Tel: 609-633-8257 ext. 4

Fee: Regular Service: $25.00
Expedited Service: $15.00

New York

Department of State
Division of Corporations

1. Albany Office
Miscellaneous/State Records Bureau
One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231
Tel. (518) 473-2293

2. New York City Office
Certification Unit, 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Tel. (212) 417-5684

Fee: $10.00

Special notice! Before being presented to the New York State Department of State for the authentification with the Hague Apostille, all documents have to be certified by the competent County Clerk’s Office. The contact details of these authorities are available at the following link:



Department of State
Bureau of Commissions
Elections and Legislation
North Office Building, Room 210, Harrisburg , PA 17120

Fee: $15.00

Rhode Island

Office of the Secretary of State
148 W. River Street
Providence, RI 02904

Fee: $5.00


Office of Secretary of State
VT State Archives & Records Administration
1078 U.S. Route 2 - Middlesex
Montpelier, VT 05633-7701

Fee: $2.00




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