This tool allows you to verify whether an Apostille/Legalization Certificate was issued by the RI Department of State.
Rhode Island uses the same certificate for legalized documents regardless of whether the destination country is a contracting member
of the 1961 Hague Treaty. This Certificate is valid in all countries.
Here’s what to expect when receiving a Certificate issued by Rhode Island:
The Certificate is affixed using only a grommet. No ribbons, wax seals, or other embellishments are used.
According to the 1961 Hague Treaty, these additional embellishments are not necessary.
The Certificate is affixed only to the signature page of the document. The grommet will not pierce the entire document.
As a security measure, an embossed state seal is pressed in an offset manner onto the Certificate and a
portion of the underlying document.
The unaltered, legalized document must be accepted by any country receiving it.
You may only reject a properly issued Certificate if the legalized document has been embellished or otherwise tampered with.
Click here to view a Sample RI Certificate.