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If you wish to certify the authenticity of a document issued or certified in a state of the United States, please be advised of the following: Effective March 16, 1999, the Czech Republic joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (1961 Hague Convention). As of this date, with the certification by the Hague Convention Apostille, U. S. documents are entitled to recognition in the Czech Republic and no legalization by the Czech Consulate is required.

For certification of a document with the Apostille, the following steps are normally taken:

1.After the document has been executed before a public notary, the clerk of the county court for the county in which the notary is licensed issues a "notarial certificate". This certificate states that the notary was licensed on the date the act was performed. (In some states, the county court is known as the district court, the circuit court or, in Pennsylvania, a "prothonotary". Some states do not require this step at all).

2.The secretary of state for the county certifies the document with the Apostille. The document is then ready to be used in the Czech Republic.

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