Legalization consists of acknowledging the signature of public officials in the exercise of their functions, following registration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs(Cancilleria), to ensure that the document is valid in another country that is not a member of the Hague Convention. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assumes no responsibility for the content of the legalized document.
Check the list of countries that legalize: LEGALIZATION COUNTRIES
Document types for legalization
- Civil records issued by special, municipal and auxiliary registry offices.
- Deeds or civil records issued by notaries
- Documents signed by natural or legal persons (private)
- Citizen ID card
- ID card
- Foreigner ID card
- Standard passport
- Diplomas, syllabuses, academic programs, proof of existence of educational institutions
- Civil aviation education documents
- Documents issued by the National Service of Learning (SENA), Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education (ICFES) or the Colombian Institute for Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (ICETEX)
- Professional licenses
- Ecclesiastical documents issued in Bogotá
- Ecclesiastical documents issued outside Bogotá
- Legal status of other creeds or cults recognized by the state
- Other documents of creeds or cults recognized by the state
Note: Notary, court, religious and registry office documents, among others, must have been issued no more than 30 days prior and the public official signing them must be informed that it is for the apostille process.
Procedure for the legalization of documents
a) Endorse the document with the corresponding Colombian body.
b) Send the document to Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
c) Take the legalized documents to the consulate of the destination country.
d) Complete the chain of legalization in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or whichever body acts in its stead in the destination country.
a) Endorse the document with the foreign body in order to certify it.
b) Take the document to the Ministry of Foreign Relations, or whichever body acts in its stead in the country of origin.
c) Take the document to the Colombian consulate in the country of origin to authenticate the signature of the public official from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, or whichever body acts in its stead.
d) Complete the chain of legalization in Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Relations in order to certify the signature of the Colombian consul.
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