Apostilles are a special type of certificate that is issued by the Secretary of State.
An Apostille and authentication certificates will validate the seal and signature of a Notary on a document. This validation occurs so that it can be accepted in a foreign country. Both verify that you held a current Notary commission at the time you preformed notarial service regarding the document.
An Apostille is used when public documents are being transferred between countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961.
Once the Apostille is prepared and verified, it is attached to and sent along with the notarized documents. This will take place after the notarization is complete.
Authentication certificates are utilized for destination nations that do not take part of the Hague Convention. Instead of a single apostille, the document needs several authentication certificates, including those from your commissioning agency, the U.S. Department of State, the consul of the destination country.
The requirements and processing time for authentication certificates will vary from country to country.
When obtaining a notarized authorization some of the documents that might require authorization abroad could be affidavits, agreements, articles of incorporation, company bylaws, deeds of assignment, diplomas, home study, income verification, powers of attorney, single status, transcripts, trademarks, warrants, extraditions, certificates of good standing and other general business documents.