LEGALIZATION AND SUPERLEGALIZATION
13.10.2013 / 16:00
What shall I do with my documents if I want to use them in the Czech Republic?
You were told that the public document you have, needs to be legalized before you send it to the Czech Republic and you have little or no idea what that means:
Legalization is a verification process, where the validity of a document is verified (a proof that the document is not a fake). Basically, if you sign a power of attorney, your lawyer or a notary public verifies your signature, so the recepient of this power of attorney knows that it was really you, who signed it. Legalizing of public documents is almost the same, it is a verification of a stamp and a signature of the authority, who issued the document.
Now, you need the document to be recognized as a valid one in the Czech Republic. Obviously, no authority abroad has a full list of all specimen stamps and signatures from all countries around the world. Here in Egypt, the document is stamped by the highest authority in the country, which is Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt (this process is called authentification) and then by the diplomatic or consular representative of the country, where you want to use the document. This process is called
"s u p e r l e g a l i z a t i o n"
This principle applies to all public documents, like
- Death Certificates,
- Criminal Records
- Divorce Certificates
and other public documents. We would like to stress, that it is always necessary to verify the original document, not its legalized copy.
Sundays: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 14:00 - 15:00
Wednesdays: 14:00 am - 15:00 pm
The legalization and superlegalization process at the Embassy takes up to 10 days.