Legalization of U.S. documents for
presentation in the Russian Federation
accordance with the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, in which both the
Russian Federation and the United States of America are participants,
documents authenticated by an Apostille issued by a participating country
are exempt from consular validation – meaning verification of authenticity
of signatures, authority of the persons signing the document and
authenticity of the seals and stamps done by the Consular offices of other
participating countries. Documents with an Apostille do not require any
is a stamp introduced by the Hague Convention. It is stamped on documents by
a competent authority of the country in which the document was generated. In
the United States Apostille is issued by the Office of the Secretary of
State in each respective State.
following documents are considered official documents – meaning documents
for public use – in accordance with the Hague Convention, which allows an
Apostille to be stamped on them:
issued by organizations or officials associated with courts or state
tribunals, including documents issued by public prosecutors, court
secretaries or bailiffs.
of an administrative/executive authority.
certified by a notary public.
validating endorsements, placed on documents signed by individuals acting in
a personal capacity, such as official certificates of registration of a
document or of its existence on the date indicated, as well as official and notarial verification of a signature.
Convention does not apply to:
issued by diplomatic missions or consular offices.
of an administrative authority that have direct bearing on commercial
transactions or customs’ operations.
For additional information on this subject
refer to “Translation of documents” page, or contact the