1. GENERAL INFORMATION|
- The signature on a foreign document will have to be legalized by the Consulate General to produce legal effects in foreign countries. The legalization of the signature does not imply the acceptance of the document contents.
- The legalization of the document requires the previous recognition of the signature by a notary public as well as the recognition of the notary public's signature by the competent institution in the province.
- Documents issued by organs of the provincial government, such as birth, marriage and death certificates (except divorce, which is issued by the Supreme Court of Justice and must be notarized and authenticated by provincial government institutions as shown in item 2.) and others, duly signed and officially stamped, do not need the recognition of the notary public and may be submitted to the Consulate.
- Only original documents can be legalized. Photocopies cannot be legalized.
- Each Consulate General will only legalize documents issued in its area of jurisdiction.
The documents can only be submitted to the Consulate General for legalization after the steps below have been followed:
a) the signature on the document must be notarized by a notary public; and
b) the signature of the notary public must be recognized by one of the following provincial government institutions.