With regards to the new amendments of the Regulations on Legalisation, Certification and Translation of Documents and Other Papers, Decree No. 263 of 24 November 2017 amending and supplementing the Regulations on Legalisation, Certification and Translation of Documents and Other Papers, approved with Decree No. 184 of the Council of Ministers from 1958, will enter into force in February 2018.
§ 11. Art. 21a is adopted:
“Art. 21a (1) For a foreign document, translated into Bulgarian pursuant to these Regulations on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria and intended for use in the Republic of Bulgaria, it is necessary that the signature of the translator, laid in the translation made by him/her, is certified by a notary in the Republic of Bulgaria. When certifying the signature, the translator shall also submit the document to the notary pursuant to Art. 18, para. 2.”
As of 01.01.2019, the Apostille certification of documents, issued by the mayors and the municipal administrations, will be carried out by the district administrations in the Republic of Bulgaria instead of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The amendment is a result of one of the measures initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017 for improving the administrative service and reducing the administrative burden for the citizens. The amendment is implemented by the Law Supplementing the Law on Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (promulgated, SG 44/2018), which supplements the Declaration under Art. 6, para. 1 by empowering district administrations to issue the certificate under Art. 3, para. 1 of the Convention on Documents Issued by Mayors and Municipal Administrations.