Foreign country of intended use: apostille or embassy legalization?

The country where the document will be used determines the type of legalization needed.

- Apostilles are for documents used in countries that joined the Hague Apostille Convention.
- Embassy legalization is for countries that do not participate in the Hague Apostille Convention.

An apostille is an official certificate issued by the government on the state or federal level that makes a document from the United States acceptable in other countries that joined the Hague Apostille Convention. 

In the United States an apostille is not a stamp. It is a separate page attached to the document.

What type of legalization do your documents need?

To check what type of legalization you need, select country of intended use *
Albania flag

Albania is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Albania requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Albania joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 9, 2004.

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Algeria flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Algeria require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

Depending on the state where your document(s) originated, they will be legalized either by the Consulate General of Algeria in New York or Embassy of Algeria in Washinton DC.

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Andorra flag

Andorra is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Andorra requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Andorra joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 31, 1996.

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Antigua and Barbuda flag

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Antigua and Barbuda requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Antigua and Barbuda joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 1, 1981.

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Argentina flag

Argentina is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Argentina requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Argentina joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 18, 1988.

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Armenia flag

Armenia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Armenia requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Armenia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 1994.

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Aruba flag

Aruba is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Aruba requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

 

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Australia flag

Australia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Australia requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Australia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 16, 1995.

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Austria flag

Austria is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Austria requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Austria joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 13, 1968.

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Azerbaijan flag

Azerbaijan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Azerbaijan requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Azerbaijan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 2, 2005.

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Bahamas flag

Bahamas is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the Bahamas requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Bahamas joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 10, 1973.

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Bahrain flag

Bahrain is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Bahrain requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Bahrain joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 31, 2013.

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Bangladesh flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Bangladesh require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

If your documents originated from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, they will be legalized by the Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York.

Documents originating from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona are under the juridiction of Consulate General of Bangladesh in Los Angeles.

Documents originating from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina are under jurisdiction of Consulate General of Bangladesh in Miami, Florida.

All other states are under the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC.

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Barbados flag

Barbados is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Barbados requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Barbados joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 30, 1966.

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Belarus flag

Belarus is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Belarus requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Belarus joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 31, 1992.

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Belgium flag

Belgium is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Belgium requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Belgium joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 9, 1976.

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Belize flag

Belize is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Belize requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Belize joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 11, 1993.

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Bolivia flag

Bolivia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Bolivia requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Bolivia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 7, 2018.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina flag

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Bosnia and Herzegovina requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 6, 1992.

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Brazil flag

Brazil is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Brazil requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Brazil joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 14, 2016.

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Bulgaria flag

Bulgaria is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Bulgaria requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Bulgaria joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 29, 2001.

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Cambodia flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Cambodia require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

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Canada flag

Canada Joined the Hague Apostille convention on May 12, 2023. The Convention went into force in Canada on January 11, 2024.

 

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Canada requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required effective January 11, 2024.

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Chile flag

Chile is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Chile requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Chile joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 30, 2016.

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China flag

China Joined the Hague Apostille convention on March 8, 2023. The Convention went into force in China on November 7, 2023.

 

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Chile requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required effective November 8, 2023.

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colombia flag

Colombia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Colombia requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Colombia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 1, 2001.

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Costa Rica flag

Costa Rica is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Costa Rica requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Costa Rica joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2011.

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Croatia flag

Croatia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Croatia requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Croatia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 8, 1991.

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Cyprus flag

Cyprus is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Cyprus requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Cyprus joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 30, 1973.

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Czech Republic flag

Czech Republic is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the Czech Republic requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Czech Republic joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 16, 1999.

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Denmark flag

Denmark is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Denmark requires a Hague apostille

No embassy legalization is required.

Denmark joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 29, 2006.

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Dominican Republic flag

Dominican Republic is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the Dominican Republic requires a Hague apostille.  No embassy legalization is required. 

Dominican Republic joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 30, 2009.

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Ecuador flag

Ecuador is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Ecuador requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Ecuador joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 2, 2005.

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Egypt flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Egypt require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

Depending on the state where the document(s) originated, they are legalized by the Embassy of Egypt in Washington DC or by one of the Consulates (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Houston)

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El salvador flag

El Salvador is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in El Salvador requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

El Salvador joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 31, 1996.

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Estonia flag

Estonia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Estonia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Estonia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 30, 2001.

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Ethiopia flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Ethiopia require Embassy legalization.

 

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Fiji flag

Fiji is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Fiji requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Fiji joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 10, 1970.

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Finland flag

Finland is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Finland requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Finland joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 26, 1985.

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France flag

France is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in France requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

France joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 24, 1965.

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Georgia flag

Georgia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Georgia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Georgia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 14, 2007.

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Germany flag

Germany is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Germany requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Germany joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 13, 1966.

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Greece flag

Greece is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Greece requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Greece joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 18, 1985.

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Grenada flag

Grenada is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Grenada requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Grenada joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 7, 2002.

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Guatemala flag

Guatemala is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Guatemala requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Guatemala joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 18, 2017.

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Haiti flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Haiti require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

Depending on the state where your documents originated, they will be legalized (authenticated) either by the Embassy of Haiti in Washington DC or by one of the Consulates in Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta.

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Honduras flag

Honduras is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Honduras requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Honduras joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 30, 2004.

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Hungary flag

Hungary is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Hungary requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Hungary joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 18, 1973.

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Iceland flag

Iceland is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Iceland requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Iceland joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 27, 2004.

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India flag

India is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in India requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

India joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2005.

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Indonesia flag

Indonesia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Indonesia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Indonesia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on June 4, 2022.

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Iran flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Iran require the legalization by the INTERESTS SECTION OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

 

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Ireland flag

Ireland is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Ireland requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Ireland joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 9, 1999.

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Israel flag

Israel is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Israel requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Israel joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 1978.

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Italy flag

Italy is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Italy requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Italy joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 11, 1978.

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Jamaica flag

Jamaica is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Jamaica requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Jamaica joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 7, 2021.

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Japan flag

Japan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Japan requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Japan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 27, 1970.

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Jordan flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Jordan require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

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Kazakhstan flag

Kazakhstan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Kazakhstan requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Kazakhstan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 30, 2001.

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Kenya flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Kenya require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

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Kosovo flag

Kosovo is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Kosovo requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Kosovo joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2016.

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Kuwait flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Kuwait require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

Depending on the state where the documents originated, they will be legalized by the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington DC or in one of the Consulates General in Beverly Hills, CA, or New York, NY.

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KYrgyzstan flag

Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Kyrgyzstan requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Kyrgyzstan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 31, 2011.

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Laos flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Laos require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Latvia flag

Latvia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Latvia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Latvia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 30, 1996.

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Lebanon flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Lebanon require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

Depending on the state where the documents originated, they will be legalized by the Embassy of Lebanon or by one of the Consulates.

 

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Liberia flag

Liberia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Liberia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Liberia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 8, 1996.

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Libya flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Libya require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Lichtenstein flag

Lichtenstein is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Lichtenstein requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Lichtenstein joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 17, 1972.

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Lithuania flag

Lithuania is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Lithuania requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Lithuania joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 19, 1997.

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Luxemburg flag

Luxemburg is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Luxemburg requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Luxemburg joined the Hague Apostille Convention on June 3, 1979.

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Madagascar flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Madagascar require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Malaysia flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Malaysia require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

Depending on the state where your documents originated, they will be legalized by the Embassy in Malaysia in Washington DC or by one of the Consulates General of Malaysia.

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Mali flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Mali require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Malta flag

Malta is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Malta requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Malta joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 3, 1968.

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Marshall Islands flag

Marshall Islands is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Marshall Islands requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Marshall Islands joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 1992.

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Mexico flag

Mexico is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Mexico requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Mexico joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 1995.

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Moldova flag

Moldova is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Moldova requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Moldova joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 16, 2007.

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Monaco flag

Monaco is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Monaco requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Monaco joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 24, 2002.

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Mongolia flag

Mongolia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Mongolia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Mongolia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 31, 2009.

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Montenegro flag

Montenegro is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Montenegro requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Montenegro joined the Hague Apostille Convention on June 3, 2006.

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Morocco flag

Morocco is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Morocco requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Morocco joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 2016.

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Mozambique flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Mozambique require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Namibia flag

Namibia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Namibia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Namibia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 30, 2001.

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Netherlands flag

Netherlands is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the Netherlands requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Netherlands joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 8, 1965.

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New Zealand flag

New Zealand is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in New Zealand requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

New Zealand joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 22, 2001.

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Nicaragua flag

Nicaragua is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Nicaragua requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Nicaragua joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 14, 2013.

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North Macedonia flag

North Macedonia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in North Macedonia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

North Macedonia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 17, 1991.

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Norway flag

Norway is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Norway requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Norway joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 29, 1983.

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Oman flag

Oman is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Oman requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Oman joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 29, 1983.

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Pakistan flag

Pakistan joined the Hague Apostille Conventionon July 8, 2022. The Convention went into effect in Pakistan on March 9, 2023.  After March 9, 2023 Pakistan is supposed to accept Hague apostilles.  

However, please inquire at the receiving Pakistan agencies what type of legalization they currently require.

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Panama flag

Panama is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Panama requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Panama joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 4, 1991.

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Paraguay flag

Paraguay is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Paraguay requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Paraguay joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 30, 2014.

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Peru flag

Peru is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Peru requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Peru joined the Hague Apostille Convention on November 30, 2010.

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Philippines flag

Philippines is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the Philippines requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Philippines joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 14, 2019.

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Poland flag

Poland is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Poland requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Poland joined the Hague Apostille Convention on August 14, 2005.

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Portugal flag

Portugal is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Portugal requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Portugal joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 4, 1969.

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Qatar flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Qatar require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Romania flag

Romania is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Romania requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Romania joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 16, 2001.

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Russia flag

Russia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Russia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Russia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 31, 1992.

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Saint Kitts and Nevis flag

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Saint Kitts and Nevis requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Saint Kitts and Nevis joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 26, 1994.

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Saint Lucia flag

Saint Lucia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Saint Lucia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Saint Lucia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 31, 2002.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines flag

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 27, 1979.

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Samoa flag

Samoa is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Samoa requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Samoa joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 13, 1999.

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San Marino flag

San Marino is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in San Marino requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

San Marino joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 26, 1994.

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Sao Tome and Principe flag

Sao Tome and Principe is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Sao Tome and Principe requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Sao Tome and Principe joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 13, 2008.

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Saudi Arabia flag

Saudi Arabia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 7, 2022. It means that U.S. documents intended for use in Saudi Arabia need Hague apostille

 

However, some receiving agencies in Saudi Arabia are still requiring EMBASSY LEGALIZATION.  Please inquire at the receiving Saudi agencies what type of legalization they currently require.

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Senegal flag

Senegal  joined the Hague Apostille Conventionon July 13, 2022. The Convention will go into effect in Senegal  on March 23, 2023. Until then, EMBASSY LEGALIZATION is required. After March 23, 2023 Senegal  is supposed to accept Hague apostille.  

Please inquire at the receiving Senegal  agencies what type of legalization they currently require.

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Serbia flag

Serbia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Serbia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Serbia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 27, 1992.

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Seychelles flag

Seychelles is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Seychelles requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Seychelles joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 31, 1979.

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Singapore flag

Singapore is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Singapore requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Singapore joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 16, 2021.

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Slovakia flag

Slovakia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Slovakia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Slovakia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on February 18, 2002.

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Slovenia flag

Slovenia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Slovenia requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Slovenia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on June 25, 1991.

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South Africa flag

South Africa is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in South Africa requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

South Africa joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 30, 1995.

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South Korea flag

South Korea is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in South Korea requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

South Korea joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2007.

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Spain flag

Spain is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Spain requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Spain joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 25, 1978.

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Sri Lanka flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Sri Lanka require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Sudan flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Sudan require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Sweden flag

Sweden is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Sweden requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Sweden joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 1, 1999.

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Switzerland flag

Switzerland is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Switzerland requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Switzerland joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 11, 1973.

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Syria flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Syria require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Taiwan flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Taiwan require the legalization by the TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES (TECRO).

 

Depending on the state where the documents originated, they are legalized by one of the TECRO offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, or Seattle.

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Tajikistan flag

Tajikistan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Tajikistan requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Tajikistan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 31, 2015.

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Thailand flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Thailand require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Trinidad and Tobago flag

Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Trinidad and Tobago requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Trinidad and Tobago joined the Hague Apostille Convention on July 14, 2000.

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Tunisia flag

Tunisia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Tunisia requires a Hague apostille  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Tunisia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on March 30, 2018.

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Turkey flag

Turkey is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Turkey requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Turkey joined the Hague Apostille Convention on September 29, 1985.

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Turkmenistan flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Turkmenistan require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Ukraine flag

Ukraine is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Ukraine requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Ukraine joined the Hague Apostille Convention on December 22, 2003.

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United Arab Emirates flag

U.S. documents intended for use in United Arab Emirates require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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United Kingdom flag

United Kingdom is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in the United Kingdom requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

United Kingdom joined the Hague Apostille Convention on January 24, 1965.

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Uruguay flag

Uruguay is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Uruguay requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Uruguay joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 14, 2012.

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Uzbekistan flag

Uzbekistan is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Uzbekistan requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Uzbekistan joined the Hague Apostille Convention on April 15, 2012.

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Venezuela flag

Venezuela is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.

It means that any U.S. document intended for use in Venezuela requires a Hague apostille.  

No embassy legalization is required. 

Venezuela joined the Hague Apostille Convention on October 14, 2012.

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Vietnam flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Vietnam require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Yemen flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Yemen require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Zimbabwe flag

U.S. documents intended for use in Zimbabwe require Embassy / Consulate legalization.

 

 

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Now that you know what kind of legalization you need (apostille or embassy legalization), let's start your legalization project!       

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