Consular legalization of a document is a consular officer's certification that a signature, a seal and duties of the undersigned individual on a document are genuine. Legalization is necessary to allow documents issued in one country to be accepted and used by institutions of other countries.
The following documents are subject to legalization:
- Civil status certificates (birth certificate, paternity verification, certificate of adoption, certificate of marriage, certificate of divorce, verification of change of family name, death certificate)
- Company documents (incorporation agreement, certificate of incorporation, articles of association of a company)
- Education and study documents
- Certificates and verification issued by companies, offices and organizations.
Other documents may also be legalized provided that their contents shall not contradict laws and international agreements.
- Copies shall be certified in compliance with notarial procedures.