FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you’ve never heard of apostille or embassy attestation you’re in the right place.
Here, we want to clarify the most frequently asked questions about apostille and embassy attestation.
If you still have an unanswered question after reading these answers, please contact us and we will help you to clarify them.
You may need certificates or other documents issued by the Hungarian authorities while you are studying, working or doing business abroad.
In the vast majority of cases, these documents are used in front of some foreign authority or other body in order to certify a so called legal fact. (e.g. marital status, qualifications etc.).
A number of authorities or other bodies (e.g. university) of foreign countries only accept documents issued by the Hungarian authorities if the documents are legalized for international use.
This legalization for international use means that the official seal and signature on the document is verified by the competent authority or body in Hungary, and the document is certified by one or more additional official stamps. It is important to point out that legalization confirms the authenticity of the stamp and signature of the official person signing the document, not the content of the document.
The legalization of a document may take place under the so-called apostille legalization or under a so-called embassy attestation, depending on the country in which the document to be used.
Documents issued in Hungary must be legalized in some cases before they are used abroad.
If we want to use a Hungarian document in a foreign country that has signed the so-called Apostille Convention (international convention) then the international legalization of the document takes place with the so-called Apostille. Legalization with an Apostille means that the official seal and signature on the document is verified by the competent Hungarian body, and the document will be given a further stamp to prove this. This additional stamp is the Apostille certificate.
The competent Hungarian authorities can issue the Apostille certificate.
If we wish to use a Hungarian document in a foreign country that has NOT signed the so-called Apostille Convention (international convention) then the international legalization of the document takes place via embassy attestation.
In the course of embassy attestation, after the pre-authentication of several Hungarian authorities, the consulate of the country of use stamps and signs the document.
Embassy attestation is essentially a further stamp and signature to be put on the document which serves to confirm the authenticity of the latest official stamp and signature on the document.
If the country of use has signed the Apostille Convention, then Apostille legalization is required, but if not, then an embassy attestation.
The Hungarian Apostille Service provides advice on the way on which the document has to be legalized.
Documents deriving exclusively from Hungarian sources can be legalized by the Hungarian authorities.
Documents of foreign origin may be legalized as certified notarial copies for international use.
In particular, we legalized the following documents:
– certificate of good conduct
– birth certificate
– company extract
– court order
– notarial deed
Fill out our form and send it to us through our online interface.
Upon receipt of your request, the Hungarian Apostille Service:
- verifies whether the document is valid for legalization
- assesses the process of authentication.
- predicts required service and the exact amount of the costs incurred, which is, in most cases, a fixed amount.
- prepares the offer and sends it to You.
If our offer has been appreciated, you can order our service through the link in the offer and pay online as well.
We will begin the legalization process after purchasing the document or arriving the same to us.
You can send us your document by mail or courier service.
For your security, we recommend that you use courier service for the delivery.
If you need to legalize a document that is in your possession, we can also arrange for the document to be collected from you and delivered to us upon your request.
In this case, the document is collected by our courier service partner.
Depending on the type of document and the country of use, the duration of the legalization of the documents by Apostille is between 1 and 3 working days.
Depending on the type of document and the country of use, the duration of the embassy attestation of the documents is between 7 and 15 working days.
The legalized documents are delivered by courier service to our Clients. This allows quick and safe delivery of the documents as well as tracking of the package during transportation.
We deliver documents to abroad as well.