Honduras: Entered into force: 9/30/2004.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretaría de Estado en el Despacho de Relaciones Exteriores
Address: Centro Cívico Gubernamental
contiguo a la Corte Suprema de Justicia
Telephone: +504 234 49 71
+504 234 4921
+504 234 1962
+504 234 1898
Fax: +504 234 1897
+504 234 1484
General website: http://www.sre.hn/ ( in Spanish only )
Price: [no information available]
Useful Links: http://www.sre.hn/tramitessj.html
Hong Kong SAR: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Hong Kong which entered into force for Hong Kong April 25, 1965. Sovereignty of Hong Kong reverted to the People's Republic of China on July 1, 1998. China declared the Hague Legalization Convention shall continue to apply to Hong Kong SAR effective July 1, 1998. Competent Authority : first declared October 17, 1968. On October 18, 1986, the then Governor of Hong Kong delegated authority to the Registrar, High Court; Deputy Registrar or Assistant Registrar, High Court; and Deputy Chief Secretary, High Court, Registrar, Hong Kong High Court, 38 Queensway, Hong Kong, tel: (852) 2825-
Hungary: Competent Authority: 1. Minister of Justice regarding public documents and judicial documents; 2. Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding public documents and legalizations executed by other authorities
Iceland: Entered into force: 11/27/2004. Competent Authority
Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Utanríkisráðuneytið)
Address: Street address:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Telephone: +354 545 9900
Fax: +354 562 2373
General website: http://www.mfa.is/
India: Entered into force: 7/14/2005.
Belgium , Finland , Germany , the Netherlands and Spain raised an objection to the accession within the period of six months specified in Article 12, paragraph 2, and expiring on 15 May 2005. Therefore, the Convention will not enter into force between India and the above-
Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India
Address: Joint Secretary (Consular), MEA.
CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe
Telephone: +91 11 2338 8015
Fax: +91 11 2338 8385
General website: http://mea.gov.in
Price: [no information available]
Useful Links: http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm
Ireland: Signed the Convention October 29, 1996; ratified the Convention January 8, 1999. Entered into force: March 9, 1999. Competent Authority: Designation of the competent authorities to issue the certificate in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1: the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.
Israel: Competent Authority: 1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 2. Registrars of Magistrates Courts and Civil Servants appointed by the Minister of Justice under Notaries Law, 1976.
Italy: Competent Authority: 1. The Public Prosecutor (I Procurators della Reppublica); 2. The Competent Prefetti (Heads) of the Territories for the Valley of Aosta; Il Presidente della Regione (The Head of the District for the Provinces of Trente and Bolzano; Il Commissario di Governo (The Commissioner of the Government)
Japan: Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Authentications Division (Shomei-
Jersey: Extended by the United Kingdom January 24, 1965. Competent Authority: declared October 17, 1968, the Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Jersey.
Kazakhstan: Entry into force January 30, 2001. Competent Authority: By Note dated 19 September 2001, the Republic of Kazakhstan informed the depositary of the following:
"... and has the honour to inform that the new authorities have been designated to issue the apostille in accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan N 545 dated 24.04.01:
The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The Committee on administration of the archives and documentation to the Ministry of Culture, Information and Public Consent of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The Committee for forensic (legal) administration to the Supreme Court (to be co-
The Ministry on State Income of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The General Office of Public Prosecutors of the Republic of Kazakhstan (to be co-
The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan -
The Committee for National Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan (to be co-
The designated bodies are entitled to delegate the authority to their territorial bodies to issue the apostille.
Attachment: The Hague Convention dtd 05.10.1961 abolishing the legalisation for foreign public documents stipulates the apostille of 9 x 9 cm in size.
It is expedient to have a stamp of the apostille, which size is 13 x 13 cm.
A script of the text can be enlarged for the comfort of its representation and reading. It is not allowed to change (translate) a language document, text and its order of placing on the stamp.
The stamp can be fulfilled in the language of the Republic of Kazakhstan only."
Kiribati: Now Independent. No confirmation issued by newly independent country that Convention is deemed to apply. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to the Gilbert Islands which entered into force April 25, 1965. The Gilbert Islands achieved independence as Kiribati July 12, 1979. Competent Authority: Unknown.
Korea, Republic of (South Korea): Entered into force: 7/14/2007. Ratified Convention January 13, 2000; in accordance with Article 28, second paragraph, the Convention will enter into force for the Republic of Korea in the absence of any objections from a State which has ratified the Convention before the deposit of the accession, notified to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands within a period of six months after the date on which the Ministry has notified it of the accession. For practical reasons, this six month's period will run from January 31, 2000 to July 31, 2000. Pursuant to Article 10, the Republic of Korea objects to the following: a) the freedom to send judicial documents, by postal channels, directly to persons abroad, b) the freedom of judicial officers, officials or other competent persons of the State of origin to effect service of judicial documents directly through the judicial officials or other competent persons of the State of destination, c) the freedom of any person interested in a judicial proceeding to effect service of judicial documents directly through judicial officers, officials or other competent persons of the State of destination. Competent Authority: Ministry of Court Administration, Attn.: Director of International Affairs, 967, Seocho-
Latvia: Entered into force: May 11, 1995. Competent Authority: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular Department, 57 Elizbietes Street, Riga, LV 1510, Latvia, tel: 728-
Lesotho: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Basutoland which entered into force April 25, 1965. Basutoland achieved independence on October 4, 1966 as Lesotho. On April 24, 1972, Lesotho declared that it considers itself bound by the Convention. The effective date of Lesotho's accession is the date of independence. Competent Authority: 1. The Attorney General; 2. The Permanent Secretary of a Ministry or Department; 3. The Registrar of the High Court; 4. A Resident Magistrate; 5. A Magistrate of the First Class; 6. By appointment of the Minister, noticed in Gazette
Liberia: Belgium, Germany and the United States of America raised an objection to the accession within the period of six months specified in Article 12, paragraph 2, and expiring on 10 December 1995. CONVENTION NOT IN FORCE BETWEEN U.S. AND LIBERIA as U.S. concluded Liberia cannot fulfill responsibilities of competent authority to issue Convention "apostille" at present.
Designated Competent Authority(ies):
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputies and Assistant Ministers;
the Minister of Justice, the Deputies and Assistant Ministers;
the Clerk and Deputy Clerk(s) of the Supreme and Circuit Court(s);
the Registrars and Deputy Registrars of Corporations; and
the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners of Maritime Affairs or Special Agents thereof.
Liechtenstein: Competent Authority: Office of the Government of the Prince at Vaduz (Regierungskanzlei der furstlichen Regierung)
Lithuania: Entered into force November 5, 1996. Competent Authority: Dalia Salkauskiene, Head of Consular Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consular Division, J. Tumo-
Luxembourg: Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres)
Macau SAR: Extended to Macau by Portugal at the time of Portugal's accession to the Convention on October 22, 1969. Competent Authority: 1. The Governor of Macau, Palacio do Governo, Av. da Praia Grande, Macau; 2. The Assistant Secretary for Justice of Macau, R. de S. Lourenco, Edificio dos Secretarios Adjuntos, 1 andar, Macau 3. The Head of the Justice Department of Macau Av. da Praia Grande, 594, Edificio BCM, 8 andar, Macau. NOTE: Macau will revert to Chinese sovereignty December 20, 1999. By letter of 10 December 1999, the Ambassador of them People's Republic to the Netherlands informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands of the following:
The Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, done at the Hague on 5 October 1961 (hereinafter referred to as the Convention), which applies to Macau at present, shall continue to apply to the Macau Special Administrative Region with effect from 20 December 1999. The Government of the People's Republic of China also wishes to make the following declaration: In accordance with Article 6 of the Convention, it designates the Chief Executive, the Secretary for Administration and Justice, and the Director of Justice Affairs Department of the Macau Special Administrative Region as the authorities competent to issue the certificate referred to in the first paragraph of Article 3 of the Convention in the Macau Special Administrative Region.
Macedonia: Entered into force September 30, 1993. Competent Authority: Ministry of Justice
Malawi: Malawi acceded to the Convention February 24, 1967. The Convention entered into force for Malawi on December 2, 1967. Competent Authority: 1. The Attorney General or the Solicitor General; 2. The Permanent Secretary of a Government Ministry; 3. The Registrar of the High Court; 4. The Registrar General; 5. A Government Agent; 6. A notary public; 7. A Resident Magistrate
Malta: Competent Authority: Ministry of Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs
Man, Isle of: Extended by the United Kingdom on January 24, 1965. Competent Authority declared October 17, 1968. Competent Authority: The Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Marshall Islands, Republic of: Acceded to the Convention November 18, 1991. The Convention entered into force for the RMI on August 14, 1992. Competent Authority: 1. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands; 2. Attorney General and Acting Attorney General; 3. Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the High Court; 4. Registrars and Deputy Registrars of Corporations; 5. Maritime Administrator and Special Agents thereof; 6. Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs or Special Agents thereof.
Mauritius: On December 20, 1968, Mauritius declared it considers itself bound by the Convention. On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Mauritius which entered into force April 25, 1965. The effective date of accession is March 12, 1968, the date of independence. Competent Authority: In a note to the depositary dated September 17, 1973, Mauritius declared the competent authority is now: 1. The Permanent Secretary, or in his absence, 2. A Principal Assistant Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office
A. Federal Documents: 1. Direccion General de Gobierno, Bucareli No. 99, Planta Baja, 06600 Mexico, D.F., tel: 535-
B. Secretaria De Gobernacion Directorio Representaciones de la Subsecretaria de Gobierno
BAJA CALIFORNIA: Servicios Migratorios, Linea, Internacional, Agustin Melgar No. 1, Col. Centro, 21100 Mexicali, B.C., tel: 65-
BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR: Bravo No. 406, entre Aquiles Serdan y Guillermo Preito, 23000 La Paz, B.C.S., tel: 112-
CAMPECHE: Av. de las Palmas S/N junto al centro, Bizantino Bartimeo, 24020 Campeche, Camp., tel: 91-
CHIAPAS: Libramiento Norte S/N a un costado de Esq. Pablo Guardado Chavez, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chis., tel: 91-
CHIHUAHUA: Doblado y 3a No. 117, Despacho 2 y 3, Col. Centro, 3100 Chihuahua, Chih., tel: 14-
COAHUILA: Victoria No. 406-
COLIMA: Gabino Barrera No. 159-
DURANGO: Constitucion No. 210-
GUANAJUATO: Agora del Baratillo Despacho 8, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., tel: 91-
GUERRERO: Av. Ignacio Ramirez No. 22-
HIDALGO: Torre Coby, Art. 3 No. 97-
JALISCO: Chesterton 184, Jardines Vallarta, 45030 Guadalajara, Jal., tel: 91-
MEXICO: Chaoco No. 703-
MICHOACAN: Av. Siervo de la Nacion S/N, Col. del Valle, 58260 Morelia, Mich., tel: 91-
MORELOS: Galeana No. 2-
NAYARIT: Zacatecas No. 16 sur 1 y 2, piso entre Allende y Abasolo, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit, tel: 91-
NUEVO LEON: Zaragoza No. 1000 Sur, Condominio Acero PH, 64000, Monterrey, N.L., tel: 8-
OAXACA: Calzada de la Republica No. 402-
PUEBLA: Calla Italia No. 2224, Fracc., Las Hadas entre 15 de mayo y, 26 Pte., 72070 Puebla, Pue., tel: 91-
QUERETARO: Boulevard Hernando Quintana, No. 168 Desp. 203 y 204, 76050 Queretaro, Qro., tel: 91-
QUINTANA ROO: Av. Primo de Verdad No. 181, int. 1 Esp. Av. Heroes, 67000 Chetumal, Q. Roo, tel: 91-
SAN LUIS POTOSI: Av. Venustiano Carranza 707-
SINALOA: Lazaro Cardenas No. 913 Sur, Primer piso, Zona Centro, 80129 Culiacan, Sin., tel: 67-
SONORA: Blvd. Navarrete No. 125, Despacho 2, Edif. Sonmol. Col. Valle Verde, 83200, Hermosillo, Son., tel: 62-
TABASCO: Centro Admvo. Del Estado, Tabasco 2000, 86035, Villahermosa, Tab., tel: 91-
TAMAULIPAS: Matamoros 11 y 12 No. 613, Cd. Victoria, Tamps., tel: 131-
TLAXCALA: Kilometro 1 1/2 Carretera, federal Tlaxcala-
VERACRUZ: Zaragoza No. 2 Esq. Miguel, Barragan, 91000 Xalapa, Ver., tel: 91-
YUCATAN: Calle 51 No. 459 x 50, Zona, Centro, 97000 Merida, Yuc., tel: 91-
ZACATECAS: Calle Sabino No. 114 Fracc., La Penuela, 98060 Zacatecas, Zac., tel: 492-
Moldova: Entered into force 3/16/2007. One Contracting State raised an objection to the accession of Moldova, namely Germany, whose declaration is given below. Therefore, the Convention will not enter into force between Moldova and this Contracting State. Competent Authority:
For administrative documents:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
31 August 1989, 80 Street / 80, Mateevici Street
+373 (22) 201 040
+373 (22) 201 041
Fax: +373 (22) 232 225
For all other public documents:
The Ministry of Justice
31 August 1989, 82 Street
+373 (22) 201 457
+373 (22) 234 795
+373 (22) 234 797
+373 (22) 201 457
Monaco: Entered into force 12/31/2002. Competent Authority:
Direction des Services Judiciaires
Address: Direction des Services Judiciaires
Palais de Justice
5, rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
98 000 MONACO
MC 98015 Monaco Cedex
Telephone: +377 9315 8430
Fax: +377 9315 8589
Mrs Martine Provence
Secrétaire générale de la Direction des services judiciaires
tel.: +377 9315 1936
Mrs Nathalie Rico
Secrétaire principale de la Direction
tel.: +377 9315 8430
General website: http://www.gouv.mc/
Montserrat: On February 24, 1965, the United Kingdom extended the Convention to Montserrat which entered into force April 25, 1965. Competent Authority: declared October 17, 1968 to be the Governor of Montserrat
Mozambique: Now Independent. No confirmation issued by newly independent country that Convention is deemed to apply. On October 22, 1969, Portugal extended the Convention to Mozambique. Competent Authority: designated to be the Governor General ("Les Gouverneurs generaux ("Governadores Gerais"). Competent Authority Unknown.