Apostille is a word I had never heard of until I was ready to apply for a visa in Panama.
To get any visa in Panama it is necessary to provide several documents including a national criminal record report. All documents will need to be notarized and most will also need to be apostilled. During the Panama Relocation Tours, our attorney goes over what documents are needed for each visa and what needs to be apostiled.
An “apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. It is basically an authentication that the person who notarized the documents was authorized to notarize. The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille convention, or the Apostille treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille. It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document.
An apostile can be done at the the Consulate de Panama in your country. For United States citizens, some documents can be apostiled at your state Secretary of State. Federal documents, like an FBI report must be apostiled at the federal Secretary of State or a Panamanian Consulate.
The apostille certificate confirms the signature, seal or stamp on a document to be genuine so that it will be accepted when presented in another country. [Read more…]