Apostille and legalisation from Kosovo

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

Kosovo has joined the the Hague Convention to exempt foreign public documents from legalization. Documents from Kosovo can, therefore, be easily authenticated using a so-called apostille for use in many countries.

However, some states of the Hague Convention, including Germany, have objected to Kosovo's accession. Apart from Germany, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China (for Hong Kong and Macau), Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, India, Israel, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. For use in these countries, Kosovar documents still require diplomatic legalization.

Responsible for the apostille are the following institutions:

  • Agency for civil registration of the Ministry of Interior for civil registration documents and documents confirming civil status
  • Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - other documents

Documents issued by the authorities of the Republic of Kosovo, published in the Albanian or Serbian language can be legalized.

The process of legalization in Kosovo includes verification of their authenticity. After passing the check for authenticity, a special stamp is put on the document - an apostille. As a rule, 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.

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
  • 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. Therefore, 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.

Legalization of foreign documents for use in Kosovo

Foreign documents must be legalized before they can be used in Kosovo. The representations and embassies of Kosovo all over the world are in charge of this process.

Legalization of documents from Kosovo for use abroad

The exact legalization process of documents from Kosovo depends on the country you wish to use them in. Please feel free to contact us with your request and we will do our best to assist you!

Additional services

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

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!

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Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for the legalization of a document from or for the use in Kosovo without international shipping ab 357,00 ab 300,00

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.

Answers on the frequently asked questions about Legalization and Apostille
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