What is an Apostille?

Apostille is a kind of a certification of a document affixed in the country of issue. It is a unified method for legalization of public acts and documents intended for use abroad. Bulgaria introduced the Apostille on 30th April 2001 when it became a party to the Hague Convention, signed on 5th October 1961. Supplied with an Apostille, a document is exempted from any further form of certification and legalization both in the country of issue, and in the country – a party to the Convention, where such document is to be presented.

The form and content of the Apostille are mandatory for all countries - parties to the Hague Convention.

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Who issues an Apostille?

The Apostille in Bulgaria is issued by two institutions – Ministry of Justice (for all legal and notarized documents) and by the Consular Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Who issues an Apostille abroad?

It is issued by different institutions in the different countries. For your convenience you may click here and find a list of the addresses and contact details of these institutions in all countries being parties to the Hague Convention.

But if you cannot find your country here or you have any questions about how and where to get an Apostille, please contact us!