Apostille from Estonia

Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from Estonia by apostille.

Estonia has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in the year 2001. Therefore no diplomatic authentication or legalization of documents from Estonia is required for the legal communication with another member state of the convention. The documents only need to be stamped with an "apostille" by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.

Responsible for issuing the apostille are the following institutions:

  • Ministry of Education for documents issued by education institutions
  • Ministry of Justice for judicial documents
  • Ministry of Domestic Affairs
  • Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs for other documents.

Since 2010 notaries have the right to certify public documents with an apostille in Estonia. To certify the document, you must submit a written application with the document you need to apostille and send it to a public notary.

Starting from 1st January 2015 only a sworn translator can make a certified translation from Estonian into Russian in Estonia. Until 2020 Estonian notaries retain the right to certify translations from a foreign language into Estonian; since 2020 this right passes exclusively to sworn translators.

Documents issued by the official authorities of the Republic of Estonia, drawn up in Estonian or English can be apostilled.

The process of legalization of documents in the Republic of Estonia includes verification of the origin of the document and confirms that the signature, seal or stamp on the document is affixed by authorized officials. After passing through this procedure, a special stamp - an apostille - is affixed to the document. Usually the apostille is placed on the back of the document, or on a separate sheet, after which the document is stitched.

An apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. The heading "Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" must be in French.

Apostille from Estonia

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)
  • Extracts from the commercial register
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
  • Commercial documents legalized by a state organ of registration (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)

Requirements for the documents:

An apostille can be issued exclusively on an original document. Therefor, the latter must be in an apparent good condition, all stamps and signatures have to be clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain alien marking and labels.

For graduation diploma issued after 1997, a state examination certificate must be attached. Since June 15, 2009, state examination certificates are issued electronically. Notaries can print out the certificate.

Certificates of marriage issued between 1941 and 1992 can not be legalized by apostille. If you wish to get an apostille for these certificates, it is mandatory to apply for a new one.

Additional services

In addition to the legalization of your documents, we can provide you with high quality translations.

If you want to bring company information before the court, it needs to be legalised as well. We are therefore offering extracts from the commercial register of Estonia including apostille and translation.

Your benefits:

  • No registration or subscription
  • Fast and reliable processing
  • Payment by invoice

Schmidt & Schmidt guarantees the highest quality and reliability. We render all of our services in strict compliance with the applicable data protection laws. Our specialists are well-equipped and thoroughly acquainted with their tasks.

Working with us is easy and convenient!

Usually, processing the documents takes us 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 card.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an apostille for a document from Estonia without international shipping from 178,50 € from 150,00 €

Do you have any questions about the offer? Contact us and arrange a free of charge consultation!

In our video we are explaining what an apostille is and where to apply for it. Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you with all issues concerning the apostille.

Legalization of a document is a process, which allows to legitimate the document issued in one country for its usage in another.

It means, if you want to submit a document, issued in one country, to authorities in a target country, the document must primarily prove its authenticity. Legalization confirms the authority of the issuing official as well as an authenticity of his signature and seal.

Legalization is needed for official non-commercial documents.

There are following procedures of legalization of documents:

  • Consular legalization
  • Apostille (a simplified procedure of legalization)
  • Legalization of documents by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Consular legalization applies to countries, that have not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, which implemented a law about the procedure of apostille (a lot of European countries are member states of this convention).

Legalization of documents through the Chamber of Commerce is carried out in relation to commercial documents (contracts, invoices etc).

No, not always. In some cases, countries can make bi- or multilateral agreements that completely revoke legalization of documents for their recognition in the member countries.

For example, a CIEC convention from 1976 or bilateral treaties between Germany and Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland.

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