APOSTILLE AND LEGALIZATION
Legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country’s legal system will recognize it as with full legal effect.
Notary services for the purpose of authenticating documents and affirmation of certain legal deeds are not provided in Cyprus. In Cyprus instead, we are able to arrange The certification of signature/s through a certifying officer, who certifies that the person named on the document, has signed in his presence. Certifying officers in Cyprus are appointed and regulated by the Ministry of Interior and if a document is required to be legalized by apostille as well, then his signature should be beforehand certified by the District officer.
Legalization by Apostille
Apostille is a certification by the Ministry of Justice and Public Order that is useful for documents drafted in Cyprus that are intended to be recognised by foreign authorities. Legalization by Apostille confirms that the signatures on a document are valid, so that it can be used in countries outside Cyprus. All countries that have signed The Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, among which is Cyprus, accept Apostille. Alternatively, for countries that have not signed the Hague Convention, legalization of a document can be effected by the local embassy or Consulate of that country in Cyprus.
Affidavit in the court
Affidavit is a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under an oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law.
Mukhtar (President of the Community Council)
Mukhtar is a community leader and has a right to certify the documents.
Only documents that are in Greek or in English can be apostilled in Cyprus without any additional procedures. If the document is in a language other than these two, then, if the document is original can be translated by P.I.O (Press and Information Office) and if not, an affidavit before the court by an official translator will be required.
Embassy | Consular Legalization
if the country did not sign the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, it is necessary to go through the procedure of full consular legalization of the document.
What documents can be apostilled in Cyprus?
All official local public documents issued by an authority in Cyprus. The apostille can be inserted on the original document or on a true copy, provided that it has been authenticated by the authority which has issued the original.
- Documentsproving civil status:
- Identity Card
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce certificate
- Death certificate
- Certificate of adoption
- Evidence of a change of surname, name
- Clear criminal record and others.
- Documentsrelated to education:
- Corporate documents issued by the Department of the Registrar of Companies in Cyprus.
- Power of Attorney
How many days are required for the certification of documents with apostille? Provided that the original documents are in order, they can be apostilled within one working day.