An “apostille” serves as a formal proof of document authenticity, released under the 1961 Hague Convention. It is recognized by the signatory nations, with their names listed by the US State Department as those accepting apostilles. Effective from September 16, 2021, the Apostille Convention now extends to Indonesia. Documents intended for use in the signatory nations must obtain apostille authentication from the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights. For non-signatory nations, documents may require additional legalisation by corresponding embassies.
Documents crafted for use in non-Hague Convention nations may demand “authentication” or “certification” prior to transmission. The Office of the Secretary of State provides apostille and authentication services for a range of documents, including corporate papers, educational degrees, and letters regarding marital status, for international use.
To acquire an apostille, it is mandatory to undergo a process that includes notarisation, approval by a court clerk, and subsequent certification by the Secretary of State. This ensures the legitimacy of seals, signatures, and authenticated translations before they are accepted in overseas jurisdictions. It is important to stress that the accurate notarisation procedure must be undertaken before submitting docs for endorsement.