Verification of Public Documents by Apostille

Verification of Public Documents by Apostille

    Public documents and original certificates that were issued prior to 1.1.1989 do not require verification
    There are two possibilities for verifying a public document:
  • Verification by means of Apostille

    In 1978, Israel signed and ratified the Hague Convention Abolishing the 1961 (hereinafter Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents  the Hague Convention). The purpose of this Convention was to shorten the processes required for a particular country to recognize the official documents issued by another country, by means of Apostille certification. 
    Public documents and certificates that were issued in one of the countries that are signatories to the above Convention, and which bear the Apostille stamp, are valid for presentation in Israel, without the need for additional verification / certification by the diplomatic / consular representative at the Israeli mission.
    Additionally, for countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention, no additional verification is required by the mission consul of the country for which the document is designated, if it was stamped with an Apostille in Israel.
    With regard to a list of the countries (out of the United States) that signed the Convention, and details about the authority competent to grant Apostille certification in each country (outside the U.S.) click here.
    The Secretary of State is the authority competent to grant Apostille certification in United States. click here for a list of telephone numbers of the authority competent to grant Apostille certification in each U.S. state.
  • How to Verify a Document that Issued in Florida by means of Apostille:

    Please send the Following to the state Department in Florida that provides the Apostille:
    1. Documents notarized or certified as true copies by a Florida Notary Public
    2. Enclose a cover letter stating the name of the country in which the documents will be used. Please include a telephone number to contact.
    3. Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope or a pre-paid air bill for return
    4. Enclose the required fee of 9$ per notarization (usually a *birth/death certificates) and/or 20$ per a certified copy by a notary public/clerk of court (usually a marriage/divorce certificates) by either cashier checks or money orders made payable to the Department of State. Cash in not accepted.
    If you are using U.S. Mail please use this address:
    Department of State, Division of Corporations, Apostille Certification, P.O. Box 6800, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6800
    If you are using a courier services please use this address: 
    Division of Corporations, Clifton Building, Apostille Section, 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301, Phone: (850) 245-6945
    *The Secretary of State will Apostille a Birth/Death Certificates bearing the signature of the State Registrar obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville Florida:
    Office of Vital Statistics, Post Office Box 210, Jacksonville, Fl 32231 (904) 359-6934
    For more information, The Apostille Department can be contact at (850) 245-6945. Please allow at least 5 working days for processing.
  • Verification by means other than Apostille

    Verification of a document in a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention should be implemented as follows:
    After the document is verified by the competent authority in the foreign country (usually the Foreign Ministry or Ministry of Justice), the Israeli consular representative verifies the signature of the competent authority.
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