Notarization/Apostille of your Honorary Doctorate

Notarization/Apostille of your Honorary Doctorates

A notarization is verification that a document and the signature attached to it are authentic.

Honorary Doctorates are official documents; a notarization is an additional security measure. If a third party requires a notarization, they will tell you.

The Notary Public appointed for the purpose by any government is the only person who can notarize these documents.

The Office of the notary will perform an acknowledgment unless you specify that you would like a jurat. An acknowledgment is the most commonly requested type of notarization.

If a third party asks you to provide a notarized copy of your honorary doctorate or asks that your original diploma be notarized,this procedure is needed.The Notary Public will either notarize a copy of your diploma or notarize the original, depending on your request. The notarized document will be mailed back to you (along with your original diploma if you requested a notarized copy of your diploma).

An apostille is made by a government authority of a State, verifying the authenticity of a public official signature on a document to be used outside the country. Before you can request an apostille from the authority your document will need to be notarized (or signed by an authorized public official).

An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, Apostille Convention, is in force. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as diplomas,birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties to the Convention.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the international organization that created the Apostille Convention, maintains an Apostille Section on its website with helpful information such as a user brochure The ABCs of Apostilles, and links to competent authorities for every country, including the United States, where the Convention is in force.

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