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. 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 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:
Eights business day 20 GEL
Fourth business day 40 GEL
Second business day 70 GEL
The same day 100 GEL
Translation fee for per page 20 GEL
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 20 GEL, the fee of translation is 20 GEL (per page) whilst the apostilling of translation costs 20 GEL (60 GEL, in total). The fee varies by number of pages to be translated and term of apostilling.
Pricelist for our service:
Except this, you will need ______ 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 and effort.
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 ______ GEL for our service.
Here you can find, which countries need or need not Apostille Certification/Legalization:
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”:
Countries where can be submitted document certified by Apostille issued in Georgia:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Costa Rica
- Cabo Verde
- Cook Islands
- Czech Republic
- China (Hong Kong and Macau)
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Republic of Macedonia
- Republic of Korea
- Republic of Moldova
- San Marino
- South Africa
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom