Do-It-Yourself Guide to Apostille TESOL Certificate

TESOL Certificate Apostille


An Apostille for TESOL Certificateis to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document. The Apostille stamp is accepted in all Hague Convention Participating countries.To Apostille TESOL Certificate, it must be a issued by an educational institution inside the United States, Signed by the School or University registrar and notarized by a notary public in the same state, where the academic institution established You can obtain an apostille for your TESOL Certificate from the Secretary of State office in the same State where the notary is licensed.

Document Apostille Guide

On 1961, more than 120 countries have signed the Hague Apostille Treaty to abolish foreign document legalization requirements and replace it with a single certification, which is the Apostille seal. There are two entities in the United States that are authorized to issue apostilles, depending on the document type.

  • Apostille public State document from the local Secretaries of State offices in all 50 States.
  • Apostille federal documents from the US Department of State in Washington DC.

TESOL Certificate Embassy/ Consular Legalization

There are many countries that didn't sign the Apostille Treaty and still require embassy legalization to accept foreign documents. A TESOL Certificate destined for use in a Non-Hague Participating Country requires certification from the Secretary of State, authentication from the US Department of State in Washington DC and finally legalization from the embassy of the destination country in Washington DC or on of it consulates.