Apostille and Legalization

Our legalization and apostille services ensure you get the required Italian governmental authority authentication of documents for their international use.

Legalization is the process through which an official document is authenticated and certified to be used internationally. Thanks to the legalization process documents will be accepted by a foreign country different from the one where the target document was released.

What is an apostille?

An apostille is an international certification proving validity of a public signature source.

The apostille was established by the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, or Apostille Convention, drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law on October 5, 1961. The treaty outlines the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes.

According to the Hague conventions four types of public documents are eligible for apostillation: court documents, administrative documents, notarial acts, official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity (e.g. legalization of a private instrument by a notary is deemed to be an official certificate). Moreover, in order to be eligible, a document must first be issued or certified by an officer recognised by the authority that will issue the apostille.

As clarified by the Hague Conference itself, an “Apostille only certifies the signature, the capacity of the signer and the seal or stamp it bears. It does not certify the content of the document for which it was issued”.

Legalization

If the country where you intend to use your documents is not a member of the Apostille Treaty of the Hague Convention, you will need a consular or embassy authentication.

Acts and certificates issued in Italy, in order to be valid in those countries that have not signed the Apostille Treaty, must be certified by the diplomatic or consular delegation (Consulate or Embassy) of the target country in Italy.


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