Certification of document authenticity (legalisation) is the verification of the signature and the seal/ stamp on a document. Legalisation is performed by a responsible institution of the issuing country in order for the documents issued in one country to be recognized as valid in another one. Legalisation also implies confirmation of the legal status and the authority of the signatory.
The signatures or seals/ stamps of public officials on certain documents have to be legalized before those documents can be accepted abroad. For example, if you would like to get married or begin employment abroad several documents (such as birth or education certificates) may need to be legalised.
Upon submitting documents for legalisation at the Consular Section, please present/ submit following:
- your passport/ eID;
- the document to be legalised;
- filled-in application form; if several documents are submitted, additional application forms should be filled in;
- a state fee can be paid at the Consular Section by a credit/ debit card (VISA, VISA Electron, Maestro, Master). The fee is 30 EUR (legalisation is done within 2 hours).
The responsible institution in Latvia that deals with the legalisation of documents issued in Latvia is the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Elizabetes iela 57
Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 67 015 905
Certification with Apostille of documents issued in Latvia is carried out by sworn notaries.
The responsible institution that deals with the legalisation of documents issued in the United Kingdom is the Legalisation Office.