The Apostille Hassle


Dealing with governments is often exasperating, like playing a deviously rigid and asinine game in which only the other player knows the rules. When you first encounter an Apostille requirement, it certainly seems like a bureaucratic hassle specifically designed to torment law-abiding citizens.

This articles answers the following questions:

What is an Apostille?

Why is it annoying?

Do we also need to authenticate the Apostille?

Which Countries Joined the Treaty (Apostille Convention)?

Is the Apostille Convention an improvement?

Why do both the Secretary of State and the Department of State issue Apostilles?

Does the Apostille mean my document is accurate?

What types of documents can be certified under the Apostille Convention?

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