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Understanding Apostilles and Authentication Certificates

Understanding Apostilles and Authentication Certificates

Notarizing documents that will be sent to other countries sometimes requires an apostille or authentication; but it’s up to the signer to request one, not the Notary.

An apostille is a certificate — often attached to the document by an appropriate government official after it is notarized. While the Notary is not responsible for obtaining an apostille, signers often ask about them, so it’s helpful to understand what they are and how they work.

One of the more common apostille requests is for school transcripts for students moving from US schools to schools overseas.

For more information about apostilles and how to request them, see the article from the National Notary Association.