Documents issued in Portugal to take effect abroad


The Apostille is a formality to certify the authenticity of the public acts issued in a State to take effect in another one giving those documents a formal probationary importance; this formality is needed for the signatory countries to the 05/10/1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

Find here the Convention text

Find here the signatory countries


Which documents need apostille

All acts issued by the notary’s offices, registration offices, courts, ministries, town halls, local administration offices and schools need an apostille.


Responsible authority

The central responsible authority in Portugal to issue and verify apostilles is the Procurador-Geral da República; that responsibility is extended to the Procurador-Geral da República in Oporto, Coimbra and Évora and to the Public Prosecution magistrates ruling the offices in Funchal and Ponta Delgada.
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