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An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, Apostille Convention, is in force.

Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties to the Convention.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the international organization that created the Apostille Convention, maintains an Apostille Section on its website with helpful information such as a user brochure The ABCs of Apostilles, and links to competent authorities for every country, including the United Kingdom, where the Convention is in force.

The Hague Conference has currently 81 Members: 80 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation:

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada
Chile
China, People's Republic of
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
European Union
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Korea, Republic of Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
The former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom of
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Zambia      

The following States (68) are not Members of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, but have signed, ratified or acceded to one or more Hague Conventions or are in the process of becoming a Member:

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burundi

Cambodia
Cape Verde
Colombia
Cook Islands
Côte d'Ivoire
Cuba

Dominica
Dominican Republic

El Salvador

Fiji

Gabon
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea

Haiti
Holy See
Honduras

Iraq

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein

Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mongolia

Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Niue

Oman

Pakistan

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Swaziland

Tajikistan
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkmenistan

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Zimbabwe