What is an Apostille and why is it needed?
Apostille is the legalization of a document, the authentication of documents. This confirms the authenticity of the document and also the fact that the documents were lawfully received in the country where they were issued. Legalization of documents is necessary to have legal force and to be valid in the countries that have signed the 1961 Hague Convention. An Apostille may be affixed only in the country which issued the authentic instrument.
Example, if the document was issued in Latvia, then the Apostille can be placed only in Latvia.
What does an Apostille look like?
This is a rectangular sticker with information on the country of issue, the place where the Apostille was affixed, as well as details of the organization (date, registration number, stamp and signature of the person making the Apostille).
In Europe, since 2020, the Apostille has changed its usual paper appearance and looks different. The document is accompanied by a page with a QR code and a link to the electronic Apostille, which is officially recognized in the EU countries and the Hague Convention countries.
Apostille sample in Russia
Apostille sample in Latvia
How and where to put an Apostille?
You can put an Apostille on documents at a sworn notary office. If an Apostille has to be confirmed, the person may apply to the institution concerned or entrust it to a translation agency providing such professional services. The first option, despite the cost savings, will take a lot of effort, time. You will have to apply on your own, visit the competent authorities and stand in line. There is another option, more convenient, faster and more reliable. You only need to contact one of the companies, such as us, that provides this type of service. The specialists of our translation agency will do everything for you.
Why legalization of documents should apply to the professionals?
Translation agency Littera provides Apostille for more than 10 years, you can be sure that the order will be fulfilled in a quality and to the deadline. With us you will save your time and effort. Experienced specialists will correctly prepare the necessary legalization application, as well as translations of documents.
To put Apostille on documents:
• education certificates,
• marriage certificate,
• certificate of birth,
• criminal record.
• and other documents.
Comprehensive services, professional translation, high quality and attractive prices – offered by Littera. In addition, if necessary, we can order a legalization service with an Apostille in a very short time. At the same time, the price of our company’s offers may be less than all the costs you incur if legalizing yourself.
Which countries need an Apostille?
Legalization of the document with an Apostille is necessary in countries that have not signed the Hague Convention, as well as very often at the separate request of state authorities and migration services. Below you can see a list of countries with bold who have signed this convention, but with italics who have not signed it.
An Apostille may be needed:
• for example, sometimes to Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Belarus, America, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan.
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