Legalisation of documents

On this page, you will find all the information on how to legalise a document.

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Legalization of Mozambican documents for use in Belgium can be applied at the Consulate of Belgium competent for Mozambique. The Embassy of Belgium in Pretoria is competent for Mozambique. The price per document to be legalized must be paid via bank transfer in South African rands on the account of the Embassy of Belgium in Pretoria. More information about legalization and consular taxes can be found on the website of the Embassy of Belgium in Pretoria under Consular services.


General information

A document that is official and legal in one country is not necessarily official and legal in another. Many documents must therefore be legalised if you wish to use them abroad.

The legalisation process involves checking the origin of the relevant document. Legalisation is official confirmation that the signature of the civil servant that has signed a document, or the seal or stamp on the document, is legitimate.

It is not only the signature of the person that has issued the document that is legalised, the process can also legalise the signature of the legalising registrar. Every signature, every seal and every stamp will be legalised by the person authorised to do so and who is familiar with each signature, seal or stamp. This explains why various legalisations are sometimes required, in a specific order.

A country may have signed up to a legalisation treaty that encompasses agreements about how countries accept one another's official documents. Many countries have signed up to the "Apostille Convention" of The Hague of 5 October 1961. With this, just 1 legalisation is required via an apostille stamp.

Questions and answers about the legalisation of documents

For legalisation from abroad, you can also consult the website of our representative at the location concerned, i.e. Belgian embassies and consulates

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