Legalisation of documents and approval certificate (Apostille)
Created: 2015.09.09 / Updated: 2023.09.15 14:44

For document presentation you have to book an appointment time registering for the document legalisation service.

Applicants’ admission times:

  • For document presentation: Monday to Friday 9am–12pm
  • For document collection: Monday to Thursday 2pm–4pm, Friday 9am–12pm and 2pm–3pm

Documents for legalisation are to be submitted directly to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or via courier, but cannot be submitted by post). Please note that documents submitted by courier are legalised in the order of the date of receipt, but due to the dramatic increase in the number of documents received by courier, it is taking longer than usual to process them. Apostille Certificate is issued at the Consular Department only for documents originating from Lithuania and submitted via diplomatic representations and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as for documents within legal aid applications submitted by courts, prosecutors’ offices and pre-trial investigation institutions of the Republic of Lithuania.

When submitting documents for legalisation, please include the following:

  • the document (original or a notarised copy) to be legalised
  • valid passport or other identity document of the person submitting the document for legalisation (or a notarised copy of a valid passport or other identity document in case the documents are submitted via courier)
  • a free-form request (an application with the following information: the country in which the legalised document is to be submitted and applicant’s contact details (e-mail address and telephone No)
  • a copy of a bank transfer or a payment receipt for legalisation of a document (consular fee for legalisation of one document - 20 EUR). The applicant also pays the courier service costs if requests the legalised document to be retrieved by courier.

The consular fee for legalisation is to be paid into the budget revenue collection account of the State Tax Inspectorate, payment code - 5320. The consular fee may also be paid at the following points:

  • AB Lietuvos Paštas post offices
  • via the internet portal UAB “Paysera”
  • At the cash desks of SOLLO, UAB interediary MAXIMA LT, UAB
  • UAB Elotus
  • UAB Foxpay payment self-service terminals FOXBOX
  • UAB “Perlas Finance” terminals
  • Via the website of UAB “Viena sąskaita”
  • UAB Mokėjimo paslaugos press kiosks.

Please indicate the following when paying for document legalisation:

  • Payment code: 5320
  • Payment title: Consular fee
  • Recipient: State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Recipient code: 188659752
  • Name or title of the payer to whom the payment is made (First name, Surname / undertaking or company name)

Beneficiary’s accounts

Payment code and information

IMPORTANT! If the payment is made using bank transfer online, please approve the payment at the bank and provide a bank receipt.

The legalised documents will also be sent to the recipient via courier services if the applicant orders the pick-up services from the respective courier company.

Legalisation of documents or apostille allows official documents originating from one country to be recognized when presented in another country.

  • Legalisation of document is a verification of the signature, the position of the signatory and the stamp in the document. Legalisation of document is carried out by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic representations or consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • An apostille is a specialized certificate attached to the original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic. The apostille verifies the signature, the position of the signatory and the stamp in the document. Notaries of the Republic of Lithuania issue apostille for documents originating from Lithuania.

The following official documents may be legalised and issued apostille:

  • Issued by government or municipal institutions or officials, also by prosecutor, court official or person implementing court decisions
  • Administrative documents
  • Notarial acts
  • Official confirmations of documents signed by natural persons
  • Notarial transcripts of official documents

Documents have to be orderly and readable. If the document consists of few pages, they have to be affixed or sewn together.

Each document is approved separately (e.g. diploma and its appendix are two separate documents). 

IMPORTANT! Documents issued before 11 of March of 1990 with symbols of Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic are neither legalised nor approved by apostille. These documents must be renewed.

Legalisation of documents is not required when the documents are drawn up and / or issued by diplomatic representations or consular posts of foreign states resident in the Republic of Lithuania.

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