Authentication of official documents
22.03.2011 / 10:10
Purpose of authentication:
Official documents issued in a foreign country which need to be used in the Czech Republic must be "authenticated" (or "legalized") before they can be recognized as valid in the Czech Republic.
There are two ways of such an authentication:
(1) Legalization(often called superlegalization) - a sometimes time-consuming process in which various seals are placed on the document by the competent authorities of the country where the document was issued ending with the seal of the Czech Embassy or Consulate General that has jurisdiction over the region where it was issued;
(2) Apostille authentication - an authentication from the central authority of the country where the document was issued (usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but many times different authorities).
The "apostille authentication" is an authentication issued within the framework of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization, and applies to those countries that are signatory members of said international treaty. Please always verify if the country where the documents were issued is a Member of the Hague Convention. You can find the list of these countries and further information here: www.hcch.net.