Levels of Legalisation of Documentation

In order to have your documents recognised in countries outside of Ireland, especially if they are translated documents, it is imperative to have them certified and legalized to the correct standard. Here at in Dublin City Centre we are able to advise you as to what level of certification is necessary in your individual case – whether that be for an application of dual-citizenship, new passport, or an application for a job based in another country. We can guarantee that your document will be legalised to the correct standard in order to be accepted by professional and governmental authorities abroad. There are a few methods through which a document can become legalised:

1). True Copy of Original

In order to prove that a document is an original or that it is a genuine copy of the original document, it is necessary to have a professional person in the legal field provide a signature along with the date. This could be a solicitor or another legal professional who has the authority to guarantee that the document you are using is worthy of official recognition abroad. Here at in Dublin we can organise the certification of your document by a solicitor for you and ensure that your document is recognised by employers and educational institutions abroad.


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2). Witness of Signature

In order for a document to be recognised officially by the authorities it is sometimes necessary to provide a witness of signature. A witness to a signature of an official document must be of sound mind and an adult over the age of 18. In some cases the witness can have a personal affiliation to the party making the signature on the official document, but can also be someone acting as a third-party witness who can act as a neutral party in the case of a dispute over authenticity. This can include a notary public, a bank officer or in some cases a government official.

3). Apostille

An Apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs here in Ireland verifying the genuineness of the signature and/or seal of a public officer e.g. a Notary Public, on a public document and the capacity in which he or she has acted. It is regarded in some cases as a fast-track way of legalising a document. It is presented as a separate sheet including all relevant information attached to the original document and/or translated document of the original, or as a stamp version of the same. Here at we are able to deal with the apostille process for you, saving you time and energy. The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the requirements and obligations through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in the states who signed the treaty. There are a number of countries that are part of this treaty, in which documents legalised in this way are accepted by the authorities.

4). Non-Hague Convention Countries Legalisation

In order to provide documentation to countries that are not part of The Hague Convention on Apostille Legalisation, there are other forms of legalisation that need to take place in order for the document to be recognised officially as genuine. In this case, a notarial certification is necessary for the document to be recognised in countries outside of the Apostille treaty. If you have any questions regarding what type of legalisation your document requires, please do not hesitate in getting in contact with our professional support team here in our Dublin office!



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