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Legalisation of documents and approval certificate (Apostille)
Created: 2015.09.09 / Updated: 2021.07.02 14:29

Documents for legalisation are to be submitted directly to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Certificate (Apostille) 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, prosecutor''s offices and pre-trial investigation institutions of the Republic of Lithuania.

The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has moved to the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, at the temporary address: J. Lelevelio str. 6, Vilnius.

Reception hours:

Monday to Thursday 9am–12pm and 2pm–4pm (afternoon times for collection of documents only)

Friday: 9am–12pm and 2pm–3pm (afternoon times for collection of documents only)

Note: documents cannot be submitted by post.

For more information please call: +370 5 250 7706. 

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:

IMPORTANT! If the payment is made using bank transfer online, please approve the payment at the bank and provide 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 Certificate (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.
  • Certificate (Apostille) is a specialized certificate attached to the original document to verify it is legitimate and authentic. The Certificate (Apostille) verifies the signature, the position of the signatory and the stamp in the document. Notaries of the Republic of Lithuania issue Certificate Apostille for documents originating from Lithuania.

The following official documents may be legalised and issued Certificate (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 Certificate (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.