Apostilles are a form of legalization on public and private documents certifying the signature and stamp/seal of an RI official or notary public. To be eligible for an apostille from the State of Rhode Island, your document must be issued by a RI official or properly notarized by a RI notary public. Apostilles are intended for use outside of the United States in a country that subscribes to the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Apostilled documents are immediately ready to be sent to the destination country without the need for additional levels of authentication.
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Learn how to prepare your document for apostille, how to apply, and how to track the progress of your apostille request.
Learn about RI’s single certificate apostille and verify the authenticity of a RI apostille presented to you.
Use this tool to track the status of your submission.
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