What is an Apostille used for?

One of the main duties of a Notary Public is to authenticate documents. However, if you wish to have Irish company documents used oversees additional measure may need to be taken to ensure authenticity. In certain cases you will need to apply for an Apostille.

An Apostille is a certificate that confirms that the signature, seal, or stamp that appears on the document is genuine. An apostille is applied to a document by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland.

What Does an Apostille Do?

An apostille can either be stamped on the document you are trying to authenticate or it can be attached to it. The apostille certifies that the document originated in Ireland, that name of the company or authority that has signed, sealed or stamped the document is genuine, and the identity and capacity in which he document was signed.

Before you can apply for an apostille the document must be signed by a notary public and any photocopies of the document must be true copies of the original. In Ireland Apostille certificate are usually issued on the same day of application.

When Do You Need an Apostille?

An apostille is generally required when Irish documents need be sent or sued by institutions oversees.

For example
  • Opening foreign bank accounts
  • Oversees contracts
  • Buying or selling property in another country
  • Maintaining client files in multiple locations
  • Court proceedings abroad

What Documents Need an Apostille?

Documents which can be authenticated with an apostille, provided they bear a stamp, seal or signature from notary public include:
  • Passports
  • Proof of address
  • Powers of Attorneys
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association 
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Minutes of meetings
  • Resolutions passed
  • Declaration of Trust

Hugh McGroddy Notary - Apostilles Dublin 

If require a Notary Public or believe you need an Apostille then contact the team at Hugh McGroddy Notary on 01 4404890 or at hmcgroddy@williamjbrennan.com for more information.


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