Certification of documents, certified translations with a notary, apostille
Littera provides professional certified translations and notarized translations to leading global organisations and private individuals.
This service includes formal verification for official use, if needed. The certification of documents can be requested for official or legal documents.
For example, if you need a translated document to be submitted to a public authority in Latvia or abroad, you will need a notarized translation or with APOSTILLE (legalization of documents).
Copies of documents that can be certified:
- driving licences
- letters from a government department
- bank/ statements
- gas, electricity bills
- letters from a hospital/doctor
!!! To order a notarized translation, you need to submit the original document to the Littera Translation Agency.
How can I certify documents?
There are options for notarized translation
- Certification to the original document:
a translation certified by a translator is sewn to your original document. A notary certifies its signature.
- Certification of a copy:
a copy of the original translated by the translator into the appropriate language, it is copied from the original of your document. After that, the copy together with the translation is certified by a notary, but only, if the original document is submitted.
What is the process of certification of a document with a notary?
The stages of certification with a notary:
- Document translation,
- Notarization of a translation and / or copy of a document,
- Apostille (if necessary).
You can certify a document with a translation company stamp or notary.
There are some documents (for internal use) which need to be certified, but not fully. This means that it is not obligatory to certify a translation by a notary. Almost all Latvian institutions accept translations with certifications by a translation company or notary. In addition, we recommend to clarify what kind of certification is required in the relevant institution.
This depends on the volume and number of documents. If a document consists of 1-3 sheets, you can receive a notarized translation within 1 working day, if the document consists of 3-6 sheets – within 2-3 working days, but if a translation is needed to be ready early, the term can be agreed individually.
On average a standard A4 sheet consists of 250 words. You can easily count characters or words in Word document by choosing Tools -> Word Count or Statistics and Characters with spaces/words.