LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS

AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS, APOSTILLE

What is document legalization? It is the authentication and verification of documents. Documents issued by the Bulgarian authorities may be legalized to serve abroad, as well as documents issued by foreign authorities may be verified to serve in Bulgaria.

For documents issued by the Bulgarian authorities the procedure requires providing an Apostille by the National Center for Information and Documentation, the Regional Administration of each city, the Ministry of Justice and the Consular Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Apostille is a stamp/seal for the authentication (legalization) of a document from the country in which it was originally issued. There are several institutions, since the Apostille is placed by different institution depending on the type of document to be legalized. The documents having Apostille are exempted from any additional form of legalization in the States, which signed the 1961 Hague Convention.

The following documents may be legalized: birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, certificate of successors, high school diploma, higher education diploma, academic transcript, conviction status certificate, power of attorney, certificate from the Companies Register, contracts, articles of association, etc.

Documents issued by foreign authorities are legalized in Bulgaria by translating the document into Bulgarian. After that the translator certifies his/her signature on the translation by visiting a notary and verifying their signature.

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