Legalization and apostille
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Legalization and apostille

Legalization of documents is the process of certifying a document so that it will be recognized by the legal system of a foreign country. If you are going to use Russian documents overseas, for business or personal reasons, you have to have your documents legalized before they can be accepted.

The function of the legalization is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.


Two types of legalization:

- Apostille

- Consular legalization


Apostille is an internationally recognized form of authentication. It is a special stamp affixed to public documents issued or received by the countries parties to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Apostille ensures that public documents issued in one country will be recognized as valid in another country. In Russia, apostille is affixed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.


States and Territories parties to the Hague Convention of Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents

When the country issuing or receiving the document does not recognize an apostille, Consular Legalization of the document is required. The document needs to be certified by the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation before being accepted by the consular officer of the foreign country.

Documents submitted for legalization must meet certain criteria. Also, some countries do not require document legalization. Furthermore, certain types of documents cannot be legalized; those need to be certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the consular officer of the foreign country.


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