Apostille for opening a Bank Account


What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a special seal applied by an authority to certify that a public document is genuine. Apostilles are available for countries, which signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, popularly known as The Hague Convention. This convention, created in 1961, replaces the time consuming chain certification process used so far, where you had to go to four different authorities to get a document certified.

Why do I need one?
If you open a bank account by mail, the bank will not see the original of your passport. The people who process your application in the back office will have to check that the copy is correct. Each bank has devised its own way of establishing whether a passport copy is acceptable to open an account. Some banks will accept a passport copy if it has been authenticated (legalized, certified) by a notary public, but most will require that the document bears an Apostille. The Apostille Seal legally clarifies that the certified copy is genuine.

Where can I get an Apostille?
Get an apostille by visiting our homepage and following the instructions.

What are Apostilles normally used for?
An Apostille can be used whenever a copy of an official document from another country is needed. For example for international marriages, adoptions, inheritance, but also for plain contracts. The Apostille is an official certification that the document is a true copy of the original.

The most common types of documents submitted for Apostille authentication and notarisation include:

  • marriage licenses,
  • references and job certification
  • birth certificates
  • patent applications
  • school records, including…
  • trademarks
  •       …diplomas
  • deeds of assignment
  •       …transcripts
  • distributorship agreements
  •       …letters relating to degrees
  • Banking Purposes
  •       …home studies
  • corporate documents, such as…
  • powers of attorney
  •       …Articles of Incorporation
  • papers for adoption purposes
  •       …Merger Agreements
  • certificates of non-marital status
  •       …Certificates of Amendment

    What should I do if I can't get one?
    If an Apostille is required to authenticate a copy of your passport, the bank will accept no substitute.  Don't try to get just any type of official seal - this won't work and the bank won't open the account.  Go to our  homepage.


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