In order to be used abroad and submitted to official bodies and authorities abroad, a document must be translated (most likely) and legalised (definitely). The type of legalisation required depends on a number of factors.

Legalisation is different to certification although the two are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. If you are not sure whether it is legalisation or certification you require, please contact us and a member of our team will advise you on the best course of action.

Legalisation is a recognised procedure used for certifying authenticity of the official signature and/or seal on your document.

Two most common legalisation methods are via Apostille or via Notary Public Certification and at ANZ Document Solutions we will advise on the type of legalisation required in each individual case and will legalise your document accordingly.

What is Apostille?

Apostille is a Ministry of Foreign Affairs stamp affixed unto documents that have been legalised by a Notary Public or issued in Ireland. The purpose of Apostille is to authenticate the signature of the local authority (or Notary Public) that has certified the original document.

Apostille is often required if you intend to use or submit your document abroad. Some of the most common documents that require Apostille are powers of attorney, parental consent documents, birth certificates, marriage certificates, adoption documents or any official translation.

Apostille is a form of legalisation of documents issued in one of the countries signatories or adherents of the Apostille Convention and it is an efficient and the fastest way to legalise your document.

What is Notary Public Certification?

In addition to translation and certification solutions, we provide a number of auxiliary services.

One of the most frequent additional services is Notary Public certification, which is often required in conjunction with translation and certification or simply as a way to certify a copy of the original or for legalisation in embassies.

Thanks to our close collaboration with Public Notaries in Ireland, we offer a wide range of Notary Public services, including certified translations; legalisation of copies and originals of documents; signature authentication on Powers of Attorney or Contracts.