Document Authentication

Document authentication or legalisation is the recognition of foreign documents, so that they can be used for processing formal applications in a different country. A document can be authenticated in different ways, described as follows.

Apostille

In most countries, the highest level of authentication is represented by the so called apostille. As for international agreements (such as the Hague Convention), the apostille is to internationally confirm that the relevant documents are true and that they were issued by an existing authority. Thanks to this confirmation those official documents can be recognized in foreign countries.

Additional document confirmation or document replacement

Sometimes, life brings exceptional situations. For instance, some countries (like the Philippines) do not recognise nor have a procedure for divorce. These countries do not provide the required documents to get the divorce processed in a country that does recognise divorce (like Germany).

However, in many of these cases, special solutions can be found; for example, a German court can issue a certificate of non-impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis).

Those particular cases need a deep knowledge of the relevant international and German laws.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you need any additional information on our services in the area of Document Authentication.