Legalisation aus Vatican

Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from Vatican.

Vatikan has not joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Therefore, documents from Vatikan cannot be legalized by apostille, they will only be recognized abroad after consular legalization, meaning their authenticity must be confirmed separately.

By consular legalization the signature and the seal of foreign documents are authenticated. Responsible is the respective embassy of the country in which the document shall be used.

The legalization of a document is a very lengthy procedure. It has to be authenticated by the Ministry of Justice and structural subdivisions. The document can then be finally legalized by the respective country's embassy.

Furthermore, any document issued abroad can be legalized for the use in Vatican. The procedure corresponds to the legalization of Vatican documents abroad: it has to be legalized by the Apostolic nunciature.

The following documents can be legalized:

  • Extracts from the commercial register
  • Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
  • Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)

Legalization of foreign documents for use in Vatican

Foreign documents must be legalized before they can be used in the Vatican. The representations and apostolic nunciatures of the Vatican all over the world are in charge of this process. Please note that the Holy See does not have relations with fifteen countries: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Comoros, the Maldives, Mauritania, Oman, and Somalia, North Korea, Laos, China, and Vietnam, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Tuvalu.

Legalization of documents from Vatican for use abroad

The legalization of a document is a very lengthy procedure. The document should finally be legalized by the respective country's embassy.

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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 Vatican without international shipping ab 595,00 ab 500,00

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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.

In our video we are explaining what consular legalization is and where to apply for it.

Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you in all issues concerning the legalization.

Schmidt & Schmidt offers legalization in more than 80 countries all over the world.

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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