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.
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.