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Apostille - New competence of the Latvian Notariat

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Apostille - New competence of the Latvian Notariat

19/07/2019

Since 1 July 2019, notaries in Latvia are competent to legalize public documents with apostille.

Notaries are thus the relays of the State to validate the procedure for the issuance of documents such as university diplomas, birth certificates, extracts from criminal records or marriage certificates, established in Latvia and intended to be delivered to a foreign institution in any State party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

Another important innovation is that the procedure is also fully digitized.

The CNUE, in its announcement made on July 18, underlines: "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."

For more information, please visit the CNUE website 

Press release of the Latvian notariat (in Latvian)

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