Wisconsin DFI to begin issuing apostilles, authentications

Beginning with the start of the new year, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will be issuing apostilles and authentications — certificates needed to verify a document for use in a foreign country. That service currently is available through the Wisconsin Secretary of State’s office.

Businesses and individuals at times need to authenticate the origin of a public document issued in Wisconsin for use in a foreign country. Some examples of such public documents are birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage licenses, corporate documents, school transcripts, and trademarks. There are two ways to accomplish this:

  • By obtaining an apostille, an authentication certificate that is recognized and required by countries that are parties to a treaty called the Hague Convention of Oct. 5 1961. It is commonly called the Hague Convention.
  • By obtaining an authentication certificate, which is similar to an apostille but is used in countries that are not parties to the Hague Convention.

DFI has filed the necessary paperwork with The Hague to be recognized as a Competent Authority to issue apostilles and authentications in the State of Wisconsin.

More information about apostilles and authentications is available on the DFI website, www.wdfi.org.