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Apostilles & Authentications

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Apostilles Services

The Montana Secretary of State’s office provides state certification for notarized or certified documents that are to be sent to, or used in, a foreign country. Both types of certification – apostille and authentication – verify that the notary public, clerk of court, clerk and recorder, or vital records administrator is authorized to provide the notarization or certification and that he/she has done so in accordance with Montana laws.

Montana uses a “universal certificate” that can be used as either an Apostille, for countries that are members of the Hague Convention, or an Authentication, for non-member countries. Documents that are being sent to countries that are not members of the Hague Convention will require additional certification by the U.S. State Department, the country’s Embassy, or both.

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