Apostille and Consular Legalization
The Republic of Costa Rica is a party to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, which introduced a procedure for the simplified legalization of documents by apostille. Costa Rica acceded to the convention on April 6, 2011, and on December 14, 2011, the provisions of the Hague Convention entered into force on its territory.
Apostille certification in Costa Rica is officially authorized by the Authentication Department of the Directorate General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religion of Costa Rica.
Apostille in Costa Rica can be certified:
- Extracts from the registers of acts of civil status
- Notary deeds
- Court documents
- Law enforcement documents
- Qualification documents
- Medical documents
- Administrative documents
Customs, diplomatic, consular, commercial documents, passports and other identity documents are not subject to apostille.
The validity period of the apostille is not limited, but restrictions may be imposed on the validity period of documents.