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Requesting an Apostille?

What is an Apostille and how do I get one?

An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document for use in another country that is a signatory of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, otherwise known as the Apostille Convention.  

Authentication is the process of verifying or "authenticating" the origin of a public document and is issued by the Secretary of American Samoa upon request. 

Apostilles & Authentications

Want to request an Apostille or other authentication service? Click below to start.

Submit Request Online

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Verify an Apostille

Download Service Request Form

More on Apostilles....

You will need an Apostille if ALL of the following apply:
  • The Country where the document was issued is Party to the Apostille Convention; AND
  • The Country in which the document is to be used is party to the Apostille Convention; AND
  • The law of the country where the document was issued considers it to be a public document; AND
  • The county in which the document is to be used requires and Apostille in order to recognize it as a foreign public document. 

In which countries does the Apostille Convention apply?

Click HERE to see the Status Table on the Hague Convention on Private International Law website listing all of the countries where the Apostille Convention applies.

What to submit with your service request application...

Whether submitting your request online or in person, you must provide us with the following documents to ensure quick turn-around:
  • A copy of the document you wish to authenticate.
  • ID of local requesting party. If you are applying on behalf of another person, we MAY request verification by way of a Power of Attorney. 
NOTE: we may ask you for further verification.

Processing-tip when applying for authentication services.... 

For your convenience, we recommend that you either apply online or download the service request form and email it to us. We will review the documents you sent and let you know if you need additional documents or your request has been approved. 

Once your request has been approved, we will provide you with an email that you can print out and take with you (or perhaps show or forward them the email from our office) to make payment at the Treasury Office (Accounts Payable Division) at the EOB in Utulei. The fee is $25 per Apostille. 

Once payment is made, send us a copy of the receipt. We will process your authentication request and do our best to have your document ready for pickup within 24 hours. 

Our office is located on the second floor of the Lumana'i Building in Fagatogo (towards the Fagatogo Malae). 

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