On April 20, 2023, ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross wrote to all state and local bar presidents and urged them to contact their states' Secretaries of State and ask them to implement the electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP) to help streamline document authentication and facilitate cross-border transactions. An Apostille is a certification of a signed document's authenticity, and a register helps recipients confirm the validity of the Apostille.
Authenticated signatures are typically required in connection with conveyances of real property interests and in a variety of commercial, regulatory, civil status, family law, and other contexts. To expedite and streamline the authentication process, the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) drafted the Apostille Convention (formally known as the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents). The Convention, which has been ratified by the U.S. and over 120 other nations, replaced the cumbersome legalization process for authenticating documents with a single formality—the issuance of an Apostille certificate.