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
- 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
- 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).