The Permanent Bureau has produced a series of three publications on the practical operation of the Apostille Convention.

The ABCs of Apostilles is a brochure that is primarily addressed to users of Apostilles with short answers to frequently asked questions, including when, where and how Apostilles are issued and what their effects are. Download here.

How to Join and Implement the Hague Apostille Convention is a brief guide that is designed to assist authorities in new and potential Contracting Parties in implementing the Convention. Download here (Part II is also available in Russian).

The Apostille Handbook is a comprehensive reference tool that is designed to assist Competent Authorities in performing their functions under the Apostille Convention, as well as address issues that arise in the contemporary operation of the Convention. Download here.

To order hard copies of these publications, please use the order form (DOC or PDF).

Text of the Convention
Updated list of Contracting Parties
(status table)
How to read the status table
How to get an Apostille Competent Authorities
(contact details, practical information)


Model Apostille Certificate

Explanatory documents

Special Commissions

Working Group on the authentication
of documents executed by intergovernmental
or supranational organisations

Questionnaires & Responses

 e-APP (electronic Apostille Program)



News & Events

Bibliography on the Apostille Convention
(in general)