Accesion to the Hague Apostille
On December 14th, 2011, the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the “Apostille Convention”, entered finally into force in Costa Rica.
With this addition, currently the Latin-American countries members of the Apostille Treaty are: Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.
The Apostille Convention is a method that simplifies the legalization of foreign documents in order to verify its authenticity.
Section 1 of the Apostille Treaty establishes that the Convention applies to the following public documents: court documents, administrative documents, documents issued by a notary and official certifications in documents signed by private persons.
It is important to remember that the Apostille is valid only among countries that have signed the Convention.