Legalization of documents worldwide

document legalization

The legalization of documents is the process through which it is certified the legal quality of the Official Functionary that has signed copies, acts, extracts or more, as well as the Functionary’s signature authenticity.

Table of contents

  1. Application of legalization
  2. When documents need legalization
  3. Types of documents to legalize
  4. Jurisdiction bodies
  5. Translation of official document
  6. How we can help you
  7. Book a call
  8. Get a quotation for your Apostille


1. Which documents need legalization

The documents that need legalization are:

  • Acts and documents issued by local authorities so that they are legally valid abroad (i.e. Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Driving licences, Criminal Records Certificates, etc.).


2. When documents need legalization

The legalization can be requested by:

  • Citizens who have to validate a document issued by local authorities to be used abroad.


3. Legalization of documents: the types

Depending on the origin country, the document will need a dedicated type of legalization.


Our team can support you in the legalization process of foreign documents

4. Jurisdiction bodies

The competent local jurisdiction body is responsible for taking care of the legalization of documents in foreign countries.

Depending on the country that has issued a specific document, the competent authority may change. For further information and to check the dedicated jurisdiction body in each country please refer to the Hague Conference Official website.

  • Consular: after the legalizaton at the competent local jurisdiction body, documents have to be submitted to the Embassy/Consulate of the foreign country to receive the final legalization
  • Apostille: it is released by the competent jurisdiction body of the original country
  • Other Legalization of documents: due to special agreement between the origin country and the destination country: it is necessary to verify what the agreement requires for a document to be valid in the destination country (i.e. multilingual certificate)


5. Translation of official documents

In addition to the legalization of documents issued by foreign authorities, it is possible to authenticate official translations of documents from one foreign language to another foreign language. These translations, which can be made by our multilingual collaborators, can acquire legal value in Italy or abroad when submitted to a special legalization process to be carried out at the local jurisdiction body.

How we can help you get your documents legalized

Arletti & Partners can support you in obtaining an Apostille or a standard legalization stamp on your documents. The process can be summarized in few steps.

Submit your request

  1. Studio A&P replies within 1 business day from your request through our contact form; you will receive a dedicated quotation with timeline and costs needed;
  2. The legalization process starts the same day the quotation is accepted, by paying the quotation fee (through paypal or wire transfer).

The Legalization process

  1. First, you have to send the original documents to Studio A&P (in some cases, however, copies of the documents are enough);
  2. After receiving the documents, we will deposit them on your behalf at the competent authorities’ offices;
  3. Finally, once they are ready, Studio A&P sends you back the legalized documents.

The timing for apostille a document is around one week, depending on the province.

On the other hand, the timing for the consulate legalization, instead, is around two weeks, depending on the competent consulate.

Conditions of Payment

  1. Full reimbursement 100% if the service is cancelled during the same day;
  2. Reimbursement of 30% after the notification of commencing the legalization process.

DHL courier and delivery costs depend on the destination from Italy and are excluded from the quotation.

Please Note: fees for legalization of documents vary based on your needs. Prices start from a minimum of €100,00 and increase based on:

  • Your Country;
  • Translation;
  • Type of document;
  • and other.

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