An Apostille is a document that verifies the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. The Apostille is a specific form of authentication for countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961.
The purpose of the Hague Convention of 1961 is that it abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another. Documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention Apostille are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of the United States to the other countries party to the Convention and the federal courts and state authorities have been alerted to this obligation. Consular officers in Convention countries are prohibited from placing a certification over the Convention Apostille.
To download a copy of The ABCs of Apostilles brochure that is primarily addressed to users of Apostilles with short answers to frequently asked questions, including when, where and how Apostilles are issued and what their effects are, please click here.
For a list of countries that have joined the Apostille Convention, please click here.
To authenticate foreign academic credentials, transcripts or degrees, please mail a certified copy of the document to:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
Commission on International Education
3 Burlington Woods, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514 USA
The cost for each Apostille is $100 which includes postage and handling. Payment may be made by using the on-line form below or by check (payable to New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.) Please include a cover letter providing a return address.