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APOSTILLE SERVICES...

 An Apostille certifies the validity of an Illinois Notary Public, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, or Local Registrar. This special certification is accepted by certain foreign countries as proof that specific documents are "OFFICIAL". Only countries who are members of the HAGUE CONVENTION can receive a State of Illinois issued Apostille.

 WHY does an IL Apostille Application may get rejected by the Secretary of State's Office:

     Incorrect Fees

      Lack of notarization or certification by the proper official

      Name of country where the document will be used is not specified on the application

      Rubber stamp seal has incorrect commission date of the notary

      Notary signature or stamp does not match the way the notary has been appointed

      School diplomas and transcripts not originally signed and notarized (these are notarized by the school that issued these)

 

CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY...

 A Certificate of Authenticity is given to other countries who are not members of the Hague Convention. Certificates are similar to an Apostille in that the same information is provided, and a small fee is required when submitting an application.

 

DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL ON YOUR APOSTILLE!

 Once the IL seal is issued and attached to your document(s) by the State of Illinois staff, your documents are official. IF the seal is broken, this will cause your Apostille to become invalid. 

 

who issues an apostille or certificate of authority?

  The State of Illinois, Secretary of States Office, Index Department is the only place where you can obtain an Apostille or Certificate of Authority. Click here for more information. 

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