An authentication or apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, seal and position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a public document. An authentication or apostille enables a public document issued in one country to be recognized as valid in another country.
An apostille is a certification form set out in The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (1961). The apostille does not validate the substance, contents and/or legal effect of the document, nor does it imply that the document has been approved and/or endorsed by the Oregon Secretary of State. The Office of the Secretary of State does not regulate what documents are required by the foreign country. To verify the required documents, contact the embassy of the country to which you are submitting the documents.