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Attention: U.S. Competent Authorities (April 20, 2016) U.S. Department of State has identified new, fraudulent documents that may be presented for notarization and authentication.
These documents are presented as “certified” copies of an “Office of Military Settlements Diplomatic Travel Document” and an ID for a “Diplomat Ambassador at Large,” purportedly issued by the same entity. These documents are illegitimate and are not valid for travel, nor do they confer any kind of immunity on the bearer. Pursuant to federal regulations, the U.S. Department of State has refused to authenticate these documents’ underlying certificates for their apparent unlawful or improper purpose.
Where state law or rule allows, notarization and authentication of these documents should be refused.
A comprehensive guide for U.S. competent authorities on the issuance of Apostilles and authentications. INCLUDES the NPA Section’s Apostille Issuance Guidelines, Version 1.0, July 2013. Use this Handbook to:
Conform with basic requirements of the Hague Apostille Convention, as well as Conclusions and Recommendations;
Reduce intended recipients’ rejections of U.S. state-issued Apostilles due to lack of consistency in their format, design and circumstances of issuance;
Improve security of the Apostille to reduce misuse and abuse.
An authoritative reference document, addressing frequently encountered scenarios and challenges faced by U.S. competent authorities. Provides concise recommendations (attach, reject, sanction notary) for a wide array of problematic issuance requests.