The Apostille is a certification that internationally authenticates documents and certificates issued in the countries that are party to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 – among them the United States of America and Italy.
Specifically, the Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature on a document.
In the United States of America the Apostille is issued by the State Department of the State where the document is issued. All documents intended to be used in Italy must be legalized with an Apostille.
The following links provide specific information on the Apostille in the States that are in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General of Italy in New York:
- New York: http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/apostille.html
- New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/apostilles.shtml
- Connecticut: http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3177&q=392130
- Bermuda: http://www.elections.gov.bm/component/content/category/11-apostilles.html
Please note : Only in New York State, in order to obtain an Apostille the document must be notarized by a “Notary Public” and authenticated by the County Clerk where the notary is qualified.
Eventually, the authenticated document must be legalized with an Apostille by the New York State Department.