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Translation validity: 28.11.2018.–27.03.2019.
Amendments not included: 21.03.2019.

Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

28 October 2010 [shall come into force from 24 November 2010];
1 November 2018 [shall come into force from 28 November 2018].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Document Legalisation Law

Chapter I
General Provisions

Section 1.

The purpose of this Law is to ensure effective international circulation of public documents and simultaneously - verification of their authenticity.

Section 2.

The following terms are used in this Law:

1) certificate (apostille) - corresponds to the interpretation of the relevant term used in the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents;

2) public document - corresponds to the interpretation of the relevant term used in the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents;

3) legalisation - the process of ensuring the authenticity of public documents.

Section 3.

(1) The legalisation of public documents shall be performed in accordance with this Law, if international agreements ratified by the Saeima or legal acts of the European Union do not specify otherwise.

(2) This Law shall not be applied, if a public document has been issued in a state of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation. If the institution, which accepts such public document, is having doubts regarding its authenticity, the institution shall communicate in writing with the foreign institution, which issued the public document or is responsible for authenticity of the public document, if international agreements ratified by the Saeima or legal acts of the European Union do not specify otherwise.

(3) The Cabinet shall determine the central authorities of Latvia, allocation of their functions and procedures by which these authorities shall perform the activities referred to in Regulation (EU) 2016/1181 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2016 on promoting the free movement of citizens by simplifying the requirements for presenting certain public documents in the European Union and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 in accordance with this Regulation and shall cooperate with Latvian and foreign State and local government institutions.

[28 October 2010; 1 November 2018 / Paragraph three shall come into force on 16 February 2019. See Paragraph 2 of Transitional Provisions.]

Section 4.

The legalisation of a public document issued in Latvia, if it is intended to be used in foreign states, and the legalisation of a public document issued in a foreign state, if it is intended to be used in Latvia, shall be performed by the authorised officials of the diplomatic and consular service.

Section 5.

A State fee shall be payable for the legalisation of public documents. The amount of the State fee and procedures for payment shall be determined by the Cabinet.

Chapter II
Legalisation of a Public Document Issued in Latvia if it is Intended to be Used in Foreign States

Section 6.

For the legalisation of a public document issued in Latvia a person shall complete a submission form and submit the document to be legalised. The Cabinet shall approve the sample submission form and prescribe the procedures by which legalisation shall be performed or the decision to refuse legalisation shall be taken.

Section 7.

The following public document issued in Latvia are prohibited to be legalised:

1) documents that do not conform to the requirements for drawing up of documents laid down in laws and regulations;

2) documents the certification of which is technically impossible due to the actions of the submitter (for example, the document submitter has laminated the document him or herself);

3) electronic documents that do not conform to the requirements for drawing up and circulation of electronic documents laid down in laws and regulations.

Section 8.

If a public document issued in Latvia is intended to be used in a foreign state that is a participating state of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents, it shall be legalised with a certificate (apostille) according to this convention.

Section 9.

If a public document issued in Latvia is intended to be used in a foreign state that is not a participating state of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents, it shall be legalised by certifying the authenticity of the signature, the status of the person that has signed the document and - if necessary - the authenticity of the seal or stamp imprinted on the document.

Chapter III
Legalisation of a Public Document Issued in a Foreign State if it is Intended to be used in Latvia

Section 10.

(1) For a public document issued in a foreign state to have the force of a public document in Latvia, it shall be legalised.

(2) In implementing State public administration, State administration, judicial and legislative institutions, other institutions and persons may accept only a legalised public document issued in a foreign state.

Section 11.

If a public document has been issued in a foreign state that is a participating state of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents, the document shall require a certificate (apostille) according to this convention.

Section 12.

If a public document has been issued in a foreign state that is not a participating state of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents, it shall be legalised by the procedures determined by the Cabinet.

Transitional Provisions

[1 November 2018]

1. The Cabinet shall, within four months following the coming into force of this Law, issue the regulations referred to in Sections 5, 6, and 12 of this Law.

[1 November 2018]

2. Amendments to this Law regarding the supplementation of Section 3 with Paragraph three shall come into force on 16 February 2019.

[1 November 2018]

3. Amendments regarding the expression of the titles of Sections 4 and 5, Chapters II and III of this Law in new wording, supplementation of Section 7 with Paragraph four, and also amendments to Section 10, Paragraph one of this Law regarding the replacement of the word "public document" with "legal" and regarding the supplementation of the Section with Paragraph three shall come into force on 1 July 2019.

[1 November 2018 / The aforementioned amendments shall be included in the wording of the Law on 1 July 2019]

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 22 March 2007.

President V. Vīķe-Freiberga

Rīga, 4 April 2007


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2019 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 22.03.2007.Entry into force: 18.04.2007.Theme:  Documents, recordkeeping, data protectionPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 56, 04.04.2007.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 9, 10.05.2007.
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