An apostilled document is a simplified form of document legalization for application of the document in countries that are signatories of the Hague Apostille Convention as of October 5, 1961.

For apostillization on documents, intended for use in one of the signatory party states to the Hague Convention (for example, the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK amongst other European countries), it is not necessary to undergo a multistep procedure of consular legalization. You simply need to apostillize them to give them legal force abroad, certifying the authenticity of the signature, the merit of the person signing the document, as well as the authenticity of the seal or stamp placed on the document.

General requirements for apostillization

Apostillization registrationrequires certain pre-requisites. For example, commercial documents, including contracts or invoices which are legalized in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Russian Federation, are not subject to apostillization (legalization in the CCI).

In accordance with legislation, the documents are apostilled in the country in which they are issued, therefore Moscow apostilles can be stamped on documents, issued in the Russian Federation, as well as the former USSR before 1991.

Apostilles on original documents

In accordance with the current legislation of the Russian Federation, an apostille can be stamped on the originals of the following documents:
- Birth certificates, marriage certificates or other documents issued by the Civil Registry Office;
- Diplomas, qualifications and other documents relating to education, academic title or graduate degrees;
- Letters of attorney, letters of parental consent, applications and other documents certified by a notary officer;
- Police clearance certificates, issued by the Interior Ministry of Russia.

Apostilles on copies of documents

In the event that the apostilization of a document is not possible, or the apostilization of a document copy is required by the receiving party, an apostille is placed on a certified copy of a document. The "Status Perevod" translation agency provides services for certification by apostille on certified copies, attested by a notary officer of Moscow, the Moscow region, as well as a number of regions throughout the Russian Federation.

Apostille on the translation

In most cases, in addition to the apostillization, it is necessary to translate the document into the language of the country in which it will be used. In doing so, both the apostilization on the translation, as well as the implementation of a certified translated document, that is already apostilled, is possible. More detailed information about the timing of the apostilization and the implementation of the translation, as well as cost and the possibility of any discounts can be obtained from our company employees.

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