Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of public documents from Latvia by apostille.
Latvia acceeded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in 1996. Therefore, no diplomatic authentication or consular legalization of public documents from Latvia is required for successful legal communication with other member states of the Convention. The documents only need to be attested by an apostille certificate with an "apostille" stamp on it by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.
Responsible for issuing the apostille is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. It should be filled in in the official language of the issuing authority. The heading "Apostille (Convention de la Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" written in French is a necessary requirement for the apostille's validity.
Public documents issued by the official authorities of the Republic of Latvia and drawn up in Latvian can be apostillized.
The apostillization of public documents in Latvia includes the authentication of the origin of the document and the authority of the officials who have affixed the signature, seal or stamp on the document. After such verification, a special stamp - the apostille - is affixed to the public document. The apostille is usually placed on the back of the underlying public document or on a separate attached page.
At the moment, an electronic apostille is available for the documents issued in Latvia. The authenticity of the e-apostille can be checked online in the electronic Apostille Register.
Documents of civil status issued in the Latvian Soviet Republic can neither be legalized nor apostillized. A new document has to be applied for at the Ministry of Justice.
The following documents can be authenticated by apostille:
- Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
- Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
- Trade register excerpts
- Court decisions
- Notarially certified copies of documents
- Notarially certified translations
- Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
- Commercial documents legalized by a state registration body (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)
Requirements for the documents:
The apostille can be exclusively issued for the original document. Therefore, the latter must be presented in good condition, with all stamps and signatures clear and readable. Furthermore, it should not contain alien markings or labels.
In addition to the legalization of your public documents, we can provide you with high-quality translations.
Should you require company information for use in court, it needs to be legalized as well. We are therefore offering extracts from the commercial register of Latvia including apostillization and translation.
On average, processing the documents takes 14 days.
Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.
You can pay for our services by PayPal, bank transfer or credit card.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an apostille for a document from Latvia without international shipping||from 238,00 €||from 200,00 €|