What’s an apostille?

Apostille issued in the United States by Florida

Apostille is endorsement of an official document (such as a birth certificate) for international use. It’s usually a stamp, although it may be a separate piece of paper. Only certain countries issue apostilles.

Where do I get one?

Apostilles are issued by the office/authority, which issued the original document. In the United States, apostilles are usually issued by the local Secretary of State, which issued the document that is to be certified.

Why do I need one?

Many countries, incl. Czech Republic, do not recognize official documents issued by foreign countries, unless they bear apostilles.

Which countries issue/accept apostilles?

Most Western, incl. all EU member countries issue and accept apostilles, with the notable exception of Canada.

You may find an up-to-date list of countries here.

Map of authentication requirements in the Czech Republic by country