The Apostille of The Hague

The Apostille of The Hague was established October 5, 1961 by the Hague Convention XII on Private International Law.  This intergovernmental convention was charged with establishing a simplified system where public documents from one member country could easily be recognized as authentic by another member country.   The Apostille (or Apostilla in Spanish) is a stamp or a form that is put on a document by a designated government department authorized by the member government, which authenticates the document as genuine thereby making it legal in other member countries.  It is a process comparable to the notarizing process in the United States.   The authorized government authority in the US is the Secretary of State Department for each state.  The Hague Apostille is a form of legalization only, agreed to eliminate the long procedures of consular legalization.  A document legalized with the Apostille of The Hague in the country of origin, is accepted directly, without having to follow any legalization procedure in any other member country.

The list of countries which are part of this agreement on the Apostille can be found at:  http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=states.listing  Countries that are not members of the Convention will often accept a document with an Apostille as well.

Clonlara School provides the Apostille of the Hague for public documents such as the Clonlara diploma, transcript or report card.  For our Spanish students, we provide ESO and Bachillerato documents with the Apostille.  The ESO is the validation of the Obligatory Secondary Education in Spain.  The Bachillerato in Spain is the validation of the Baccalaureate roughly the equivalent of grades 11 and 12 which generally allows access to the university or an advanced school for a specific skill in a field of study such as ballet, drama, or agriculture.  We charge a $100 fee for each Apostille.  Some countries or authorities require an official translation of the Apostille and the document into the language of the receiving county.  This is determined by the receiving country or the receiving authority and is the responsibility of the family to pay for and obtain.  Generally, international students will have more need of the Apostille than our US students.  But, if a US student is applying to a university or a special school in another country, they also may need an Apostille.