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An Apostille is may be required

In some cases, apart form the signing by the Notary Public on your document, you may be required, under the Hague Convention, to produce an Apostille.

What's an Apostille?

  • An Apostille certificate authenticates the signature of Hong Kong public official who has signed a document you hold and deems the document to be a legal entity.
  • The Apostille certificate is attached to the original document and is dated, numbered and registered.
  • Whilst the Apostille is a recognised certificate for member states of the Hague Convention, many of countries that are not members recognise the authentication of the Apostille. Information on legalisation (Apostille)

Purpose: The Hague convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another. Documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention apostille are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of any country in the convention to the other countries party to the Convention and the federal courts and state authorities have been alerted to this obligation. Consular officers in Convention countries are prohibited from placing a certification over the Convention apostille.