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What is Apostille Certification?

The Apostille certification is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Essentially, it is an international attestation that the document is genuine and can be trusted by authorities in foreign nations. The certification ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country without the need for further authentication. This simplifies the process of using various documents internationally, such as birth certificates, court orders, or corporate records.

Importance of Apostille in International Documents

The Apostille certification plays a crucial role in global interactions by streamlining the verification process of public documents in the international legal arena. Without an Apostille, individuals and entities would have to navigate a complex and often time-consuming process of document legalization that involves multiple levels of government. The Apostille ensures that documents issued in one part of the world are readily accepted in another, thereby facilitating international education, business, and personal affairs. It underpins trust in the paperwork that underlies everything from international trade agreements to the adoption of children across national boundaries. With globalization, the demand for quick and reliable document authentication has grown, and the Apostille certification meets this need by providing a recognized and standardized process for document validation.

Apostille and Legalization

Why Are Apostille and Legalization Necessary?

In a world where cross-border education, employment, and business are common, the need to authenticate documents from one country for use in another has become an essential part of international interactions. Apostille and legalization processes serve this need by verifying the authenticity of documents, ensuring that they meet the legal standards required to be recognized in foreign countries. This verification process is crucial to prevent fraud and misrepresentation, providing assurance to institutions and governments that the documents are legitimate and legally binding.

Apostille Convention and Its Implementation

The Apostille Convention, also known as the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, was established to simplify the process of legalizing documents for international use. Instead of going through lengthy diplomatic channels, a single Apostille certificate issued by the designated authority in a member country is sufficient to certify a document’s authenticity for use in another member country. The convention has been widely adopted, with over a hundred countries participating, thus facilitating smoother international document recognition.

Apostille vs. Legalization: A Comparison

While both Apostille and legalization serve to validate documents for international use, the process and the applicability differ. An Apostille is a streamlined certification provided under the Hague Convention, applicable between countries that are signatories to the convention. Legalization, on the other hand, is a more cumbersome process that involves multiple levels of government attestation—from the ministry of foreign affairs to embassies or consulates—and is usually required when the document is to be used in a country that is not a party to the Hague Convention.

Our Apostille Services

Document Analysis and Verification

Our Apostille service begins with a meticulous analysis and verification of your documents. Our experienced specialists examine the documents to ensure they meet the necessary criteria for Apostille certification. This initial step includes verifying the legitimacy of signatures, stamps, or seals on the documents and confirming that they are issued by a recognized authority. We handle each document with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring that no aspect is overlooked, which could otherwise lead to rejection during the Apostille process.

Key Steps for the Apostille process

The Apostille process involves several key steps. Once your documents are verified, they are presented to the designated authority in the country of origin – typically a government office or department – that is authorized to issue the Apostille. This authority will then attach an Apostille certificate to your document. The Apostille certificate is a separate paper that is permanently affixed to your document or, in some cases, a stamp directly on the document. It verifies the document’s origin, the authenticity of the signatures on it, and the capacity of the person who has signed the document. This process ensures that when the document is presented in any of the Hague Convention countries, it will be accepted as valid without the need for further embassy or consulate legalization.

Countries That Recognize Apostille

Asia, OceaniaNew Zealand, Niue, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mongolia, Vanuatu, Brunei, Samoa, Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, China (including Macao and Hong Kong), Cook Islands, Tajikistan, Tonga, Pakistan, Palau, Fiji, Philippines, South Korea
EuropeGreece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Moldova, Malta, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, San Marino, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Armenia, Iceland, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Andorra, Albania, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Italy, Georgia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
North America United States (including Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico), Canada
Latin America and the Caribbean Guyana, Guatemala, Grenada, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Jamaica
AfricaNamibia, South Africa, Liberia, Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Eswatini, Cape Verde, Burundi, Tunisia
Middle EastMorocco, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Israel

Our commitment to excellence in Apostille services provides our clients with the peace of mind that their international transactions will proceed without any document-related hindrances. Whether you are looking to study abroad, expand your business, get married in a foreign country, or engage in any cross-border legal affair, our Apostille services are designed to facilitate your success.

Preparing Your Documents

Checklist of Documents Needed for Apostille Application

  • Birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates
  • Background checks (police clearance certificate)
  • School and university transcripts and diplomas
  • Business documents (articles of incorporation, financial statements)
  • Legal documents (court orders, affidavits, patent applications)
  • Government-issued personal documents (ID cards, passports, driver’s licenses)

It’s essential to ensure that these documents are in their final form, appropriately signed and sealed by the relevant authorities. Some documents may need prior certification from local or state officials before they can be apostilled.

Additional Documents Required for Special Cases

In certain circumstances, additional documentation may be necessary to complete the Apostille process:

  • Power of Attorney: If someone is handling the Apostille process on your behalf, a notarized power of attorney may be required.
  • Translation: If the document to be apostilled is not in the official language of the country where it will be used, a certified translation might be necessary.
  • Corporate Documents: For business-related documents, additional company information, such as proof of registration or a certificate of good standing, may be needed.
  • Educational Documents: When submitting academic records, verification from the educational institution that issued the documents may be required.

It is crucial to check with the Apostille issuing authority or a professional Apostille service provider to determine the exact requirements for your specific situation. Preparing all necessary documents in advance will streamline the process and prevent any delays in obtaining your Apostille certification.

How to Apply for Apostille​

In-Person Application Process and Office Hours

As an Apostille agency, we accommodate in-person document submissions for Apostille processing. Our office is open from 10:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. Clients are advised to bring their documents within these hours for submission. It is essential to submit the documents during these specified times to ensure that we can process them efficiently and start the Apostille procedure promptly.


Mail Application: Address and Expected Processing Times

For mail applications, clients can send their documents directly to our office. Once we receive the documents, we aim to process the Apostille within three days. This service is designed for clients who prefer not to visit in person or are unable to do so, providing a convenient and fast solution for document authentication.

Our agency strives to offer flexible and efficient Apostille services, accommodating the varying needs of our clients with in-person, mail, and online options to ensure that their documents are authenticated promptly and accurately for international use.

Required Documents for Apostille Application

To ensure a seamless Apostille application process, it is important to provide all necessary documentation. The documents required will depend on whether the applicant is an individual, a sole proprietor, or representing a corporate entity. Below are the detailed requirements for each category:


Korean Nationals

  • Valid identification: A copy of the national ID card or a Korean passport.
  • Personal Information Consent Form: A completed and signed form consenting to the use of personal data for the purpose of the application.
  • Original Documents: The documents that require Apostille certification.

Foreign Nationals

  • Valid identification: A copy of the passport or foreign registration card
  • Personal Information Consent Form: A signed form, similar to that required for Korean nationals, allowing for the processing of personal data.
  • Original Documents: All documents that are to be apostilled.

Sole Proprietors & Corporate Entities

  • Business Registration Certificate: A copy of the 사업자등록증 indicating the proprietor’s registration details.
  • Personal Information Consent Form: This form must include the company seal (인감) and nameplate (명판), confirming the proprietor’s authorization for the Apostille service.
  • Original Documents: Any business-related documents that require certification.

The Format of Apostille Issuance in South Korea

In South Korea, the form of Apostille issuance currently involves a sticker that covers the entire front surface of the original document to be certified. This sticker format is designed to effectively prevent tampering or alteration of the document after the Apostille certification has been applied. Apart from certain documents available via government online services, there are no paper-form Apostilles issued. The sticker is formatted to contain all the necessary information and security features to ensure its validity and acceptance in countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Why Choose Our Apostille Certification Services?

Trabic’s apostille certification services stand out due to our extensive experience and commitment to accuracy and professionalism. Our team ensures that your documents meet all legal standards and are recognized for their authenticity and reliability.

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A Comprehensive Q&A Guide - Private Document Certification

An Apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. It certifies the authenticity of the signature and seal of the document. You’ll need an Apostille when a foreign government or entity has requested you provide a document that is recognized as legally valid in their country.


Whether a document requires an Apostille or a different form of authentication depends on the country where the document will be used. If the country is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, you’ll need an Apostille. For countries not part of the Convention, a different form of authentication, such as consular legalization, may be necessary.


Not all documents can be apostilled. The document must be a public document as defined by the Hague Convention. It should have been issued by an official body or authority and bear the official seal and signature. Common apostilled documents include birth certificates, court documents, and company records.


No, documents issued abroad cannot receive an Apostille in South Korea. For instance, a diploma issued in Australia would need to be apostilled by the relevant authority in Australia. Also, documents issued abroad and then translated and notarized cannot be apostilled in South Korea.


A Personal Information Consent Form is a document required by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Justice when applying for an Apostille. It authorizes the use of your personal information for the purpose of processing the Apostille. Our agency can provide you with this form when you request our services.


Documents requiring notarization are apostilled by the Ministry of Justice, while other documents are apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Translated documents, being notarized translations, would be apostilled by the Ministry of Justice.


The process typically takes 3 business days, although it may vary based on additional document requests or the circumstances of the responsible agency.


Expedited services may be available for an additional fee, and the cost can vary depending on the type of document and the urgency. Please contact the issuing authority for specific details.


For Apostille certification in South Korea, it is generally necessary to submit the original documents. When presenting South Korean-issued documents overseas, the process typically involves two steps of certification:

Firstly, the original document receives Apostille certification to validate its authenticity. Following that, if the document is to be used in a non-Korean speaking country, it usually requires a certified translation. The translated document must then be notarized and subsequently receive its own Apostille certification. This dual certification – one for the original document and one for the notarized translation – ensures that the document is legally recognized and accepted in the foreign jurisdiction.

However, there are exceptions depending on the country or institution’s requirements. Some countries or institutions may accept a notarized translation that includes the original document within it. Once Apostilled, this inclusive document can be sufficient for their needs. It is crucial to verify with the specific country or institution whether they require both the original and the translated document to be separately apostilled or if a combined apostilled document will suffice.

In summary, while the fundamental requirement is for original documents to undergo the Apostille process, accommodations are sometimes made for certified translations depending on the receiving authority’s regulations. It is advisable to always check the exact requirements of the destination country or receiving authority to ensure compliance with their legal standards.
  1. If your document with an Apostille is lost or damaged, you will need to obtain a new original document and apply for a new Apostille. The process is the same as applying for the first time.