What is a Notary Public? » Apostilles and the Hague Convention

Some countries require that a document be "legalised".

If the country is a party to the Hague Convention the document is signed and sealed by the Notary Public and is then brought to the Department of Foreign Affairs (Passport Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2) to be "apostilled".

An apostille is a certificate verifying that the Notary’s signature and seal are genuine.

If the country is not a party to the Hague Convention the document is signed and sealed by the Notary Public, is then brought to the Supreme Court Office, then to the Department of Foreign Affairs, then to the Embassy/Consulate for the country in question.

 

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