Apostille

Certify documents for use in another country.

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Recognizing US state documents abroad

An Apostille is a method of certifying a document for use in another country (pursuant to the 1961 Hague Convention).

Why it’s important

An apostillized copy of the Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization is often required to open a bank account in another country for a US-incorporated business. Also, some countries require a Certified Copy of the Articles of Incorporation/Organization with an appropriate gold seal instead of an apostillized copy.

Features & benefits

With certification by Apostille or gold seal, your Articles of Incorporation (for corporations) or Articles of Organization (for limited liability companies) are entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no additional certification or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country where the document is to be used is required.

Key Benefits

For business owners not located in the United States but who are incorporating in the United States, the local governments typically require proof of the US incorporation. Certification by Apostille or gold seal is universally recognized and accepted.

Keep in Mind

While an apostillized copy of a company’s incorporation documents may be one requirement international banks have in order to open a bank account for a business incorporated in the United States, it is probably not the only requirement. Be sure to check with banks under consideration for a list of required materials.

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