Document legalization

Hague Apostille

Important: Simplification of the circulation of certain official documents within the European Union! As of 16 February 2019, formalities concerning legalized copies and translations have been simplified, along with the elimination of apostille requirement for a large range of documents

Authentic Version Translation Centre offers you the following information regarding the Apostille: By the Hague Convention from 1965 a unique procedure was established whereby a document issued in one of the Convention signatory countries may be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory countries.

The Apostille is applied ONLY in the issuing country! The Apostille cannot be affixed on a document originating from another country than Romania as no Romanian officer has the competence to certify the signature of a foreign issuer. The Apostille application procedure differs depending on the type of documents requiring the Apostille, 3 institutions being authorized to affix the Apostille. Apostille procedure Depending on the document type, the Apostille is applied on the ORIGINAL document as follows by:

a) The territorially competent Prefect's Office (see the document list here);
b) The territorially competent County Court (for the documents issued by a Court of law);
c) Notaries Chamber - there the Apostille is applied ONLY on the legalized translations of the documents or notarial (original) documents.

Affixing the Apostille on the study documents

Pre-university study documents

There are 3 stages for afixing the apostille on any study document (baccalaureate, post-secondary, vocationa education diplomas etc.): a) Request the authenticity proof from the issuing education institution b) Take the authenticity proof to the County School Inspectorate in order to apply its visa on the original document c) Affix the Apostille on the original document

Higher education documents

In order to affix the Apostille on higher education documents, the Ministry of Education is the first institution to initial the document and only then, the Apostille may be affixed on the original document.

Documents issued by medical institutions

In order to affix the Apostille on the medical documents, first the Public Health Directorate (at the Marble room within the Galați County Hospital) has to put its visa. Then, the apostille may be affixed on the original document. For any other information, please inquire at or the phone numbers from the contact section.