Consular legalization of official documents is a procedure of certification of authenticity of originals of official documents or authenticity of signatures of officials authorized to certify signatures on documents and seals and stamps affixed to a document. Note that consular officer bears no responsibility for the content of the document.
Procedure of consular legalization of official documents issued by or executed with participation of government agencies and local authorities, both in Ukraine and abroad, is governed by the Instruction on the Procedure of Consular Legalization of Official Documents in Ukraine and Abroad.
The following two consular legalization procedures are the most widely used:
1. Legalization in the country where a document was issued.
2. Legalization in the country where a document will be used.
Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine legalizes documents issued by Ukrainian government agencies and organizations and intended for use abroad.
After legalization by the Consular Service Department, documents must be certified by diplomatic mission of the country where these documents will be used.
Foreign documents may be legalized by Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, if these documents were certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of their origin and a consular service of this country in Ukraine.