Legalization of Documents

I. Legalization of Macedonian Documents Intended to be Used Abroad

Persons travelling abroad should to be informed whether the documents issued by the organs of government in the Republic of Macedonia will be recognized at foreign institutions. Therefore, the following should to be considered:

[1] If the document is intended to be used in countries that are signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention, a sufficient certification for the document is an “Apostille Seal”. This will confirm its validity and the document may therefore be used at the institutions of the county in question.

[2] If the document is intended to be used in countries that are not signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention, you need the following:

  • Certification by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Macedonia to confirm the validity of the document;
  • Additional document certification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia.

II. Legalization of Foreign Documents Intended to be Used in the Republic of Macedonia

In the Republic of Macedonia the validity of documents issued abroad is confirmed in the following manner:

[1] If the document is issued by a country that is signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, its validity is confirmed through the Apostille seal of the competent institution from the country in question, and can subsequently be used at the institutions of the Republic of Macedonia.

[2] If the document is issued by a country that is not signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, you need the following:

  • to confirm its validity through the competent institutions of the country in question;
  • to certify the document at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in question

III. Documents Needed for Certification of Public Documents by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Request – application for certification of the public document filled out  by the applicant or by an authorized person;
  • Valid travel document or ID card as proof of identity;
  • Administrative fee;
  • The original as well as copies of the document being certified.