If a document is intended for use in a foreign country which has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents of 5 October 1961, it must be authenticated with an apostille by sworn notaries of Latvia (www.latvijasnotars.lv) . A document bearing an apostille is valid for submission in the institutions of the relevant country without any other certification. If a document is intended for use in Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Ireland, or Italy, according to the Convention Abolishing the Legalization of Documents Between the Member States of the European Communities of 25 May 1987, authentication is not necessary. .
If a document is intended for use in a foreign country which has not joined the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Documents, it must be first authenticated by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia or the diplomatic/consular mission of Latvia in the relevant country and then legalised by the competent institutions of the relevant country (its Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the diplomatic/consular mission).
It is possible to authenticate both an original document and its notarised copy or translation. Therefore, please check in advance whether an original document or a copy should be submitted to the respective institution of the foreign country and whether the translation of the document is needed.
It is possible to authenticate only a birth, marriage or death certificate of the new model. If you have only a document issued at the Civil Registry Office of the Latvian SSR, apply to the Civil Registry Department of the Ministry of Justice to obtain a document of the new model.