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Did you know that as of January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act enacted by Congress requires many companies to report beneficial ownership information to the US Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)? Beneficial ownership information (BOI), as defined by FinCEN, is identifying information about the individuals who directly or indirectly own or control a company. Please review the BOI links on our website to see if you are required to report to FinCEN.

Certifications for Non-Hague Convention Countries

If the document is going to be sent to a country that is not a party to the “Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents”, an Apostille or certification by the Secretary of State’s Office will not be sufficient. These documents will require a certification to be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State after receiving State authentication. If you are unsure, view the list of countries that are parties to the Hague Convention.

Department of State, Office of Authentications
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431