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Legalization and Apostilling in Georgia


Meaning of document legalization and apostilling 

Legalization and apostilling of document is a way to certify the authenticity of a signature, powers of a signatory, seal or stamp of the document, that is required for international acceptance of notarized documents including (but not limited to) adoption papers, affidavits, birth certificates, contracts, death certificates, deeds, diplomas and degrees, divorce decrees, incorporation papers, marriage certificates, patent applications, powers of attorney, and school transcripts. 
But, some documents, which are issued in Georgia need legalization or apostilling in order to be applied in some foreign countries. 
Apostilling a document is a single-stage procedure and implies the authentication of a document by one specific agency alone. An apostilled document can be used in the territory of any state that is party to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (you can find these countries below on the table).
The legalization is a long procedure which involves several entities. In the process of legalization, before presenting a legalized document in a foreign country, it shall be certified by an accredited diplomatic/consular representation in Georgia of relevant foreign country (consular legalization) where the legalized document is to be presented, following which the document can be used in this particular foreign country alone.
Legalization is required for those states which are not parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Legalization is also required for the Republic of Greece.

Documents subject to apostilling / legalization:

  • Documents issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and entities falling therein; also documents issued by educational institutions within the scope of their competence;
  • Documents issued by medical institutions within the scope of their competence;
  • Documents issued by judiciary authorities;
  • Public notary acts;
  • Documents issued by administrative bodies of Georgia;
  • Document certifying the identity of a copy with the original document issued by administrative bodies;
  • Translation of a document performed by administrative bodies, which is subject to apostilling;
Apostilling is required for both an original document and its notarized copy as well as for a document of administrative bodies that certify the identity of a copy of the document with the original document.

Documents, which are not subject to apostilling / legalization:

  • Documents issued by diplomatic and consular representations of Georgia abroad;
  • Documents issued by legal entities in private law (except medical and educational institutions);
  • Documents concerning customs and commercial operations, issued by administrative bodies;
  • Documents certifying identity, copies and photocopies thereof except for copies of passports of Georgian citizens which are certified by the issuing authority;
  • Military Service Cards;
  • Vehicle registration documents (registration certificates) and driver licenses;
  • Receipts issued by administrative bodies;
  • Public notary acts certifying identity of copies with original documents and the authenticity of translators’ signatures;
  • Normative acts registered in the State Registry of Normative Acts of Georgia;
  • Documents issued by de facto authorities and officials of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and former Autonomous Republic of South Ossetia.

The service we can provide for you

Our professional team can help you to follow all the required procedures in order to legalize or apostille a document in Georgia. Document(s) may be submitted by both a person in whose name the document is drawn up and any other person (power of attorney is not required). That means, even if you are not in Georgia, you can easily contact to us, just let us know what document and in which country you need to apply. We will give you all the detailed information and will start to manage process in the relevant administrative bodies in Georgia.

Apostilling / legalization of translation of Georgian document to be presented in foreign country

You should take into account, If you need apostilling/legalization of a translation of document issued by an administrative body in order to use it in a foreign country, the translation must be performed by an administrative body. One of the bodies performing translation is the Public Service Development Agency, in particular, Service of Apostil and Legalization.
We want to inform you about the prices, defined by above mentioned relevant body for the service of translation of one document or apostilling / legalization of a copy of document.

The Price of Apostille

Time to issue  The authority fee
The same business day    150 GEL
2 business days  120 GEL
4 business days 60 GEL
8 business day 30 GEL



The Price of Legalization 

Time to issue  The authority fee
The same business day    130 GEL
2 business days  95 GEL
4 business days 55 GEL
8 business day 25 GEL



The Price of legal transaltion of Apostilled or Legalized document(s)

The authority fee of translation is charged per page 25 GEL (i.e. to English, German, French, Russian, ....language).
Also, please take into account how the fee of translation with apostilling is determined. For example, if you want a document within eight business days, that costs 30 GEL, the fee of translation is 25 GEL (per page) whilst the apostilling of translation costs 30 GEL (85 GEL, in total).
The fee varies by number of pages to be translated and term of apostilling.

Indicative overview of documents we work with 

  • Education documents
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Birth Certificates
  • Commercial
  • Court decison 
  • Power of Attorneys  

Pricelist for our service:

Except this, you will need 600 GEL for our service in order you to get an apostilled or legalized document to abroad in the easiest and fastest way without spending your time to come to Georgia and effort. Shipping costs are charged addionally based on the real currier company charges. 
Besides, even if you are in Georgia and just wants to be personally accompanied and coordinated in the process of making application to the relevant body if Georgia, in this case you will need only 300 GEL for our service. All prices are valid on the territiory of Tbilisi. 
Here you can find, which countries need or need not Apostille Certification / Legalization.

12 Countries, which needs no document legalization and apostilling:

First of all, let start with the countries where the document to be submitted needs no Apostille Certification and Legalization subject to Minsk Convection of 1993 “on Mutual Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Matters”:

  1. Azerbaijan;    
  2. Belorussia;      
  3. Turkmenistan    
  4. Moldova;       
  5. Russia;          
  6. Armenia;         
  7. Tajikistan;
  8. Uzbekistan
  9. Ukraine;
  10. Kazakhstan;
  11. Kirgizstan;
  12. Georgia

Countries where can be submitted document certified by Apostille issued in Georgia:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Albania
  4. Andorra
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. Argentina
  7. Bahamas
  8. Belgium
  9. Belize
  10. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  11. Bulgaria
  12. Brunei Darussalam
  13. Botswana
  14. Barbados
  15. Colombia
  16. Costa Rica
  17. Cyprus
  18. Cabo Verde
  19. Croatia
  20. Cook Islands
  21. Czech Republic
  22. China (Hong Kong and Macau)
  23. Denmark
  24. Dominica
  25. Dominican Republic
  26. Ecuador
  27. El Salvador
  28. Estonia
  29. Finland
  30. Fiji
  31. France
  32. Grenade
  33. Germany
  34. Hungary
  35. Honduras
  36. Iceland
  37. Ireland
  38. Italy
  39. India
  40. Israel
  41. Japan
  42. Lesotho
  43. Liberia
  44. Liechtenstein
  45. Luxembourg
  46. Latvia
  47. Lithuania
  48. Marshall Islands
  49. Mauritius
  50. Malta
  51. Mexico
  52. Monaco
  53. Mongolia
  54. Montenegro
  55. Malawi
  56. Niue
  57. Netherlands
  58. Namibia
  59. Norway
  60. New Zealand
  61. Oman
  62. Peru
  63. Panama
  64. Poland
  65. Portugal
  66. Republic of Macedonia
  67. Romania
  68. Republic of Korea
  69. Republic of Moldova
  70. San Marino
  71. Samoa
  72. South Africa
  73. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  74. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  75. Saint Lucia
  76. Seychelles
  77. Serbia
  78. Slovenia
  79. Slovakia
  80. Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
  81. Suriname
  82. Spain
  83. Sweden
  84. Switzerland
  85. Sao Tome and Principe
  86. Turkey
  87. Trinidad and Tobago
  88. Tonga
  89. USA.
  90. United Kingdom
  91. Uruguay
  92. Vanuatu
  93. Venezuela

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