This was posted at GLP by Michigan Patriot and certainly caught my attention. PERHAPS it is PROOF that RAP is the "real deal":
User ID: 942556
4/14/2010 2:44 AM
Re: Governors of all 50 states
Hi all. Been hanging around here since RAP came out and have read every post from the start. Never posted before, hope I do it right. Would like to
thank you all for great discussion, logic and clarity of mind. I have learned a lot and am grateful to know there are so many other like minded
individuals. Found something interesting I would like to share. Anyone familiar with the State of New York website? Just googled it and noticed every
link says New York State. Then while poking around I found the following below.
[link to www.dos.state.ny.us]
Division of Corporations, State Records and Uniform Commercial Code • New York State Department of State
IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATING TO APOSTILLES
Effective April 15, 2010
In an effort to reduce operating costs without fee increases, the New York State Department of State will be revising the method in which it produces
Please be advised that the following revisions will pertain to all apostilles issued by the New York State Department of State on and after April 15,
1. Revised Seal - Effective April 15, 2010, the New York State Department of State Seal will be used for the apostille. The Great Seal of the State of
New York will no longer be used on any apostilles.
2. Revised Method for Affixing Seal - Effective April 15, 2010, apostilles will be produced with a black and white laser printed facsimile of the New
York State Department of State Seal. The Great Seal of the State of New York will no longer be embossed either directly on any apostille or on a gold
foil wafer placed on an apostille.
What is an "Apostille" or "Authentication?"
* Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public
Documents. The Convention provides for the simplified certification of public (including notarized) documents to be used in countries that have joined
the convention. Under the Hague Convention, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those
public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an "apostille." The apostille
ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
* When a document is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to authenticate the notarization or certification. Foreign countries often
require documents to be authenticated before the documents will be accepted in the foreign jurisdiction. An "authentication" certifies the signature
and the position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a document.
* The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the
document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
* An apostille issued by the New York State Secretary of State is a one page document embossed with the Great Seal of the State of New York. The
apostille includes the facsimile signature of the individual issuing the certificate.
(Did they forget to change this last one highlighted in Blue)
Has the website name/title been changed? Interesting to note these changes for the official documents (apostilles) will reflect "New York State
Department of State" changed nearly effective immediately on 4/15/2010....
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