LEGALISATION/APOSTILLE

Document legalisation can be provided either in a simplified form, i.e. an Apostille, or in the form of a full consular legalisation.

Apostille is a specialised form of document verification (i.e. a special stamp), to be used abroad. It is recognised by states that have ratified the Hague Convention of 1961 (Russia, most European states, USA, several Latin American states)

Cost and duration of providing an Apostille stamp depend on:

  • Document name
  • Country of destination
  • Condition of document
  • Date of issue
  • Issuing authority

Notarial document copies from notaries in Moscow and the Moscow region, courts, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and marriage documents require 5-7 days at the standard price to get the Apostille seal, and 1-2 days at the express price. 

Educational documents (originals) require around 1.5 months, with no express option.

One of our mangers will help determine the cost. The precise sum will be given once we have seen the document.

We accept the following for the Apostille seal:

Identification documents (notarised passport copy of a Russian federation passport, notarised foreign passport translations), employment histories

Marriage, divorce, birth and death certificates

School and university diplomas

Notarises power of attorney documents

Documents issued by administrative or judicial authorities

Patents

Document legalisation is a more complicated process.

Stages of consular legalisation include:

Translation

Notarisation

Signature authentication

Ministry of Justice authentication

Ministry of Foreign Affairs authentication

Authentication auth the consulate at the country of destination*

*managers will provide information on the amount of government duty, which depends on both the type of document and the country of destination

The process takes 17-20 work days, depending on the country of destination.

An express option is available upon request.

Cost of legalisation depends on the document.

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