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Certificate of Origin Apostille

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin (also known as CO, C/O, COO or CoO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It also serves as a declaration by the exporter. Typically, the origin reflects the country in which the goods were last materially impacted.

COs are requested by customs, banks, private stakeholders, and importers for several purposes. Almost every country in the world requires CO for customs clearance procedures: when determining the duty that will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.

Certificate of Origin Sample
Certificate of Origin Sample |

Step 1: Obtain a stamped Certificate of Origin.

Usually, the Certificate of Origin must be filled out completely and notarized. Then it is submitted to an authorized entity or organization, such as the local Chamber of Commerce, State, Federal Government, or Company Representative. The competent authority will stamp, issue and validate the Certificate of Origin.

Step 2: Obtain Apostille or Authentication from related government authorities.

The destination country of your document will decide which certificate you should obtain.

An Apostille is for documents to be used in countries that participated in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. Once complete, no more steps are needed.

Authentication certificates are for documents to be used in countries that do not participate in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. The documents undergo an additional step for obtaining Authentication certificates from the US Department of State and that country's embassy in DC.

If the destination country is a member country/region (such as Germany, Spain, France, etc.)

  • Get an Apostille from the Secretary of State in your state. No further certification is needed.

If the destination country is NOT a member country/region (such as mainland China, UAE, Canada, etc.):

  • Get an Authentication from the Secretary of State in your state.

  • Get an Authentication from the U.S. Department of State. (if required)

  • Get a Legalization from the Embassy.

Please note that if US exporters ship products and goods to Arab countries, the Certificate of Origin needs additional certification from NUSACC before presenting it to an embassy.

The apostille and authentication process can be complicated. If you don't want to spend a lot of time and energy getting into it, your best bet is to let a professional do it for you. Once we receive your order and document, it'll be processed as soon as possible.

Besides Certificate of Origin, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.

⬇️ Other personal and business documents we provide apostille and authentication services for are:

Personal Documents:

Business Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts


American Notary Service Center Inc. provides fair, fast, confidential, and professional document notarization and certification services for our clients. We also provide various assistance services to small businesses led by socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Our service helps small businesses obtain federal government contracts, gain a foothold in the market, and boost their sales. For more information, please visit our website at, and contact us by calling 202-599-0777 or by email at

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