Legalisation of documents

Legalisation of documents

Documents issued in one country which need to be used in another country must sometimes be "authenticated" or "legalised" before they can be recognized as valid in the foreign country. If your document is intended for use in a country which is a party to a treaty called the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents ("Hague Legalization Convention" ) obtaining a special "apostille" certificate is generally all that is required.

Judicial Office at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs may also legalise Swedish documents that are requested by or are to be presented to a foreign authority.

Judicial Office at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Who may issue an Apostille and how to assess the origin of an Apostille?

Apostilles may only be issued by a competent authority designated by the State from which the public document emanates. In Sweden a Notary Public (Swedish “Notarius Publicus” in the phone book or www.eniro.se)

The effect of an Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille does not relate to the content of the underlying document itself (i.e., the apostillised document).

Hague Legalization Convention