Apostille and Legalization

What is an apostille?

An apostille is a certification provided under the Hague Convention of 1961 for authenticating documents intended for use in foreign countries. An apostille only certifies the signature, the capacity of the signer and the seal or stamp it bears. It does not certify the content of the document for which it was issued. The Republic of Panama is a signatory of the Hague Convention.

Certified Translator Panama offers apostille processing services and notarized translation services. We also offer Embassy/Consulate legalization services of documents for use abroad.

In order for the documents to be apostilled or legalized, they must first be authenticated by the issuing entity. Usually, the documents that must be apostilled or legalized are the following:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriages Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • High School/University Diplomas
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Notarized Documents
  • Criminal Records
  • Judicial Documents
  • Sworn Statements

Please note that translations signed and stamped by certified translators can be also apostilled or legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama

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