If the document is intended for use in a foreign country it has to be legalized ("authenticated") for foreign use. This is a process in which various seals are placed on the document. If the target country has joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents ("The Hague Convention") the only legalization required is an Apostille. A document bearing an Apostille is valid in all of the Hague countries.
If the document is intended for a non-Hague country the consular legalization will be required. Before the consulate or the embassy can stamp the document, the document has to be authenticated on the state and federal levels.
Only certified copies as described above are accepted for further legalization. Computer generated or notarized copies cannot be accepted for legalization.
Articles of Incorporation do not confirm that the company has current legal status. For this purpose you will need a Certificate of Status (also called Certificate of Existence or Certificate of Good Standing).
If your company filed any amendments (e.g. change of name, change of address, etc.) it is very likely that you will be required to submit legalized copies of all Articles of Amendment.How to get New York Articles of Incorporation with Apostille or Embassy Legalization
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