Abolish the Hague Convention that requires the legalization of official documents of foreign countries. The Astler Convention or Astler Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the method of authenticating documents issued in one signatory country for legal purposes in all other signatory countries. Certification according to the provisions of the Convention is called apostille (from Latin illa illa, then French: side note) or Hague apostille. It is an international certification comparable to domestic legal notarization and usually supplements local notarization of documents. If the convention is applied between two countries, such a confirmation is sufficient to prove the validity of the document and eliminates the need for two-factor authentication by the originating country and then by the receiving country.
The competent authority designated by the government of a contracting party to the Convention stamps “Apostille”. The Hague Conference on Private International Law maintains a list of these institutions. Examples of designated agencies include embassies, government departments, courts or (local) governments. For example, in the United States, the secretary of state and his representative in each state are usually the competent authorities. In the UK, all believers are issued by the Office of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in Milton Keynes.