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Superlegalization of foreign documents for their use in the Czech Republic

Superlegalization is a higher authentication of a public document which confirms that the document was issued by the relevant foreign authority. Superlegalization is being done by verification of the signature, official stamp and/or official seal on the document. 

Certain documents (birth / marriage / death certificates, criminal records reports, various diplomas etc.) that are to be used and submitted in the Czech Republic for various reasons (eg. marriage, application for a long-stay visa / permit etc.) are required to be superlegalized. This requirement applies on all documents from non-signatory countries of the Hague Convention (i.e. also those documents, which were issued by respective authorities of the People’s Republic of China).

The process is as follows:

Original of the document issued by respective Chinese authority must be submitted to a local notary. Local notary prepares the document for further legalization (i.e. he usually makes verified photocopy and provides his attestation in Chinese/English, some notaries can also provide Chinese/Czech version). Notary’s stamp, seal and signature have to be further legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China and after that the document is forwarded for superlegalization to our Embassy.

Please note that from security reasons the Embassy cannot accept documents for superlegalization by mail or delivered in person. All documents for superlegalization must be received through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

The consular fee is equivalent of 600 CZK per 1 superlegalization, paid in cash in CNY (about 200 CNY, according to the monthly exchange rate) at the time of a submission of the document to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Only after the superlegalization is completed, the document might be translated into Czech language (with proper verification) and for its use in the Czech Republic.