Acknowledgements Taken Outside of the United States (CC – 1183)

An acknowledgment taken outside of the United States may be taken by any of the following:

A Minister, Commissioner, Charge d'Affaires, Consul, Vice Consul or Consular Agent of the United States residing in the country where the acknowledgment is taken
A Judge of a court of the country where the acknowledgment is taken
All Commissioners appointed by a Governor or Secretary of State
A Notary Public (see additional requirements below)

If the acknowledgment is made by a notary public the signature of the notary public must be authenticated in one of the following ways:

By a Judge of the court in the county where the acknowledgment was taken
By an American Diplomatic Officer, Consul General, Consul, Vice Consul or Consular Agent
By an Apostille (certification) attached to the document pursuant to the terms of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents

An Apostille must be in the form of a square with sides at least 9 centimeters long and must contain the information as shown


(Convention de La Haya du 5 Octobre 1961)

1. Country: ________________________

This public document

2. has been signed by _______________
3. acting in the capacity of____________
4. bears the seal/stamp of____________

5. at________ 6. ___________________
7. by_____________________________
8. No.____________________________
9. Seal/Stamp_____________________
10. Signature_______________________

Authentication, by Apostille, is only acceptable if the Apostille originated in a country that has signed the Hague Convention. For an updated list of contracting countries refer to website: