What is an Apostille?
An apostille specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries (Check the list here) can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory countries. In other words, It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law.
An apostille is a type of certification that is issued by the Secretary of State or Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a country (or of a state in the U.S.) that makes a document legal on an international scale.
Just as a notary certifies that a copy is exact or a signature is true, an apostille certifies that a notary or public official is a real legal authority.
This certification is necessary to make any document legally acceptable in Ecuador.
In the United States: The apostille is issued by the US Department of State or the Secretary of a State certifying personal and commercial documents. Official papers or certificates that may require an apostille certificate to be attached are:
Criminal background checks
FDA, IRS, Certificate to Foreign Government or other Federal Government issued documents
As Canada is a non-signatory, Canadian documents for use abroad must be certified twice: at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently by the Ecuadorian consulate in Canada.
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