Apostille (simplified legalization) is used to legalize documents issued and used by member states of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961.

As a rule, the apostille is used for:

- documents emanating from a body or an official subject to the jurisdiction of the state, including court documents;
- administrative documents;
- notarial deeds;
- official marks such as registration marks; visas confirming a specific date; certification of a signature on a document not certified by a notary;
- documents on civil status: birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, death certificate, adoption certificate, etc., and also for certificates from the civil registration authorities. Provided at the place of issue of the document;
- documents on education: diplomas with attachments, certificates with attachments, etc.;
- documents issued by ministries and their subordinate bodies, including the relevant judicial authorities, as well as for copies of documents attested in a notary order.

Apostille is affixed both on the true copies of official documents and on notarized copies.

Apostille is not placed on:

- documents issued by diplomatic or consular agents (legalization is not required);
- administrative documents directly related to a commercial or customs operation (requires legalization through the CCI).

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Notary certification of a copy


Apostille may by placed on both: original document and its copy. If you want to certify a copy with an apostille, a copy has to be notarized first.

Certification by the authorized office


An official body to whose jurisdiction document belongs puts a special stamp affirmed by Hague Convention on the reverse side of the document.



To use a document efficiently in another country you will need its certified translation to an official language of the country where you are going to use it.

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