Apostille

What is Apostille?

In order for a document issued in one country to be accepted in another country, it needs a legalization for overseas use. Although the credibility of national documents is generally verified by obtaining "Embassy Authentication" after "Ministry of Foreign Affairs Certification (Consular Legalization)“, there has been an inconvenience in terms of time and cost. In order to resolve such inconveniences, the Apostille Convention has emerged, which recognizes documents with Apostille attached as legalized documents among member countries without a consular legalization through overseas missions.

  • Effective Date : Prepared in Hague on October 5th 1961, Effective since January 24th 1965

  • Effective in Korea since July 14th 2007

Apostille Issuance Process

  • 01
    Consult
  • 02
    Order/Pay
  • 03
    Apostille
  • 04
    Delivery

Requirements for Apostille

  • Individual : Copy of ID (Resident card or passport), original document (or notarized document)
  • Corporate : Copy of BRN, copy of representative ID, original document (or notarized document)

Documents category for Apostille

Documents for Apostille can be divided into two categories : official documents and notarized documents.

  • Official documents
    • Classification by the nature of the document
      • Documents issued by governmental authorities (including local governments and educational institutions)

      • Documents issued by an organization whose head is an official specified by Article 2 of the National Officials Act or Article 2 of the Local Officials Act for business purposes Example: certificate of family relation, certificate of tax payment, divorce judgment, copy of resident registration, certificate of identification, transcript issued by a national or public school

    • Classification by the nature of the document
      • Documents issued by governmental authorities (including local governments and educational institutions)

      • Documents issued by an organization whose head is an official specified by Article 2 of the National Officials Act or Article 2 of the Local Officials Act for business purposes Example: certificate of family relation, certificate of tax payment, divorce judgment, copy of resident registration, certificate of identification, transcript issued by a national or public school

  • Notarial documents
    • Classification by the nature of the document
      • Generally a private document other than an official document can be eligible for Apostille legalization by notarization

      • Notarial document prepared by a qualified notary in accordance with the Notary Act or Attorneys-at

      • Law Act

      • Example: corporate documents, medical certificates, documents issued by an organization that is not administrative authorities such as transcripts and certificates of graduation issued by private school (however, transcripts and certificates of graduation from a private elementary, middle or high school are regarded as documents issued by government authorities), translations

    • Classification by the Apostille legalization issuing organization
      • Documents prepared by the Ministry of Justice or its agencies, including prosecutor's office - Written judgments, or a registered copy or abstract of a report containing trial details that is retained in accordance with the prosecutor's' office document retention regulations

      • Notarial documents

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