Legalization & Authentication Services

Legalization :

In international law, legalization is the process of certifying a document so a foreign country's legal system will recognize it. The process is used routinely in international commerce and civil law. It is generally performed by validation of the signature on a document by an authority which is higher in hierarchical terms. For example, a school diploma may need to be legalized by evaluation by the Ministry of Education, followed by legalization of the signature of the Ministry of Education by the Ministry of Foreign affairs. Once authenticated by the foreign ministry the documents then need to be reviewed and approved by the consular staff of the country in which the transaction is to occur. Often also certified translation is required for full legalization.

The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents has supplanted the default procedure by a system of apostille. It is available if both the country of the document and the country for which the document are party to the treaty. The apostille is a stamp on which standard validating information is supplied. It is available (dependent on the document) from a notary public or court.


Those going to live in other countries from their country, may be asked to show documents from their country of origin, such as a birth or marriage certificate. Because these documents do not always meet the legal requirements of the countries where the person wants to live, some of them first require authentication (legalization) to prove the document has been issued by an authorized person and that the signature on the document does in fact belong to this person. It is therefore advisable to have certain documents authenticated before you go to other country for living with the purpose of job / business etc.

Whether authentication is necessary depends on the country you come from. Some countries have made agreements with each other about this. This means that you may be eligible to undergo accelerated proceedings or even that your documents do not need to be authenticated. More information about the proceedings in question are available at the Regional Authentication Departments / general Administrative Departments of the concerned states of the countries.

Documents issued in one country which you need to be used in another country must be apostille , attestation and embassy legalization before they can be consider as valid in the other country. This is a process in which various seals are placed on the document. Such documents range from degrees, transcripts, powers of attorney and other legal papers. If the country where you want to use your legal documents is not a member of the Hague Convention, you will need Embassy legalization. This can add considerable complexity to the process as all embassies have different procedures and different costs.

Sending documents abroad it may be a painful and time wasting process and therefore a waste of money and time if it is not done perfectly. It is very important to give your documents for apostille , attestation and embassy legalization over an experienced professional group. We serving clients throughout the Middle East and around the any corner of the world. Reich Travel Solutions provide consulting services to obtain official government authentication of personal and business documents from various Embassy legalization and Apostille , attestation service for Hague convention countries.