Apostille from Slovakia

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

Slovakia has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in the year 2002. Therefore no diplomatic authentication or legalization of documents from Slovakia 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.

In Slovakia, several authorities are authorized to certify documents with an apostille, depending on the area of ​​application of these documents and the authority that issued them.

The regional courts of Slovakia are authorized, within their territorial jurisdiction, to certify with the apostille judicial decisions and documents issued by a Slovak notary, as well as translations made by judicial translators.

The Slovak Ministry of Justice is authorized to certify any other judicial documents, except for decisions of regional courts.

District governments certify acts of civil status, such as birth, death, or marriage certificates.

Within the framework of their competencies, apostille certification is also carried out by the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education of Slovakia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for the legalization of documents that do not fall within the competence of the above authorities, for example, documents from tax authorities.

The process of legalizing documents in Slovakia includes verifying the authenticity of the official’s signature, verifying the authenticity of the seal and the authority of the official to sign the document. After passing through this procedure, a special stamp (apostille) is placed on the document. Usually the apostille is placed on the back of the document.

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 Slovakia

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. 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.

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 Slovakia 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 Slovakia 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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