BoatWiki - Definitions
An apostille can be defined as a governmental certification that authenticates the signature of a public official. This comes into play where instruments such as bills of sale, mortgages, and other recordable boating documents are executed and notarized in another country.
Vessel Documentation Requirements
The National Vessel Documentation Center will not accept foreign notarizations unless accompanied by an apostille from the respective foreign government authority. Such country must furthermore qualify as a member in good standing of the Hague Convention. The only alternative would be to have an item notarized in person at a U.S. Consulate office.
State Registration Requirements
Apostille requirements for state level boat registration purposes involving foreign executed documents will vary according to the respective jurisdiction.
Foreign Registry Requirements
Foreign registration agencies may also require an apostille before accepting documents notarized in the United States. These are available through the Secretary of State offices in most jurisdictions.
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