Certification of document authenticity (legalisation) means verification of signature and seal of a document. It is performed by a competent institution of issuing country in order the documents issued in one country were in force in another one. Legalisation also implies confirmation of the legal status and authority of the signatory.
The signatures or stamps of public officials on certain documents have to be confirmed before those documents can be accepted overseas. For example, if you want to get married or start working overseas, several documents (such as birth or education certificates) may need to be legalised.
The responsible institution that deals with legalisation of documents issued in the United Kingdom is the Legalisation Office.
The Legalisation Office
Norfolk House (West)
437 Silbury Boulevard
MK9 2AHTel. 01908 295 111
The responsible institution that deals with legalisation of documents issued in Latvia is the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Elizabetes iela 57
Riga, LV 1050
Tel. +371 7016364.
Certification with apostille of documents issued in Latvia is carried out by sworn notaries.
Information on Service at www.latvijasnotars.lv.