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To certify that a document is authentic (legalization) means to authenticate a signature and stamp which is carried out by a consular official. Therefore, documents drawn in one state obtain legal force in another state.
DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION (LEGALIZATION) IS NOT A NOTARIAL OPERATION.
To utilize a document issued in the Republic of Latvia abroad and vice versa:
- To utilize a document in a Member State of the 1961 Hague Convention, authenticity of this document must be certified with an Apostille at the Consular department.
- Such document requires no additional certification by diplomatic or consular representation offices of the respective foreign country;
If the document is intended for use in a country which is not a Member State of the 1961 Hague Convention, such document must be first legalized by the Consular department of Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Latvia or by diplomatic or consular representation office of the Republic of Latvia, and then by diplomatic or consular representation office of the respective foreign country.
Document legalization and certification with Apostille is carried out by the Consular department of the Republic of Latvia, Riga, Elizabetes iela 57; for information dial (+371) 67016364.