As proof of the trust granted in them by the State, since 1 July 2019 Latvian notaries have had a new competence in the legalisation of public documents with an apostille. Thus, anyone who has to submit a document issued in Latvia to a foreign body can now go to any office of a sworn notary in 30 towns or cities in Latvia.
For greater convenience, the procedure is fully digitalised. It applies to documents that must be submitted in any State that is a signatory to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. It will therefore greatly facilitate procedures with countries that are not members of the European Union that are signatories to the Convention.
What documents can be legalised by an apostille?
Working or studying abroad, moving to another country, marrying or divorcing a foreigner, receiving an inheritance or opening a bank account in another country are just some of the situations in which documents must be legalised in Latvia by the State. The documents covered may include university degrees, birth certificates, criminal records, marriage certificates, etc.
This new competence granted to Latvian notaries reflects the growing commitment of European governments to reduce their courts’ workload, thereby increasing the efficiency of the administration of justice. Latvia joins Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Spain, which have already placed their trust in their notaries to issue apostilles.
Press release by the Latvian notariat (in Latvian): https://www.latvijasnotars.lv/articles/dokumentu-apliecinasana-ar-apostille-tagad-pie-zverinatiem-notariem-visa-latvija