General info

An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of public documents, and confirms that the document was issued by the relevant authority.

Generally, public documents are of administrative nature or coming from an authority or a court. They can also be extracts from various registers and academic diplomas. The most common documents that require authorizations of this kind are birth or marriage certificates.

If you need such a document from your home country, you need to obtain the Apostille, as well as a verified translation of the said document.

If you need an authenticated copy of a normal document, read our guide Authentication of copies and signatures.

Do I need an Apostille?

Firstly, find out whether both your home country and the country in which the documents are to be used are a party to the Apostille Convention.

Secondly, find out if the other country requires an Apostille in order to recognise the document – have a look at a list of countries where the Apostille Convention applies.

How do I get it?

At the start, find out what kind of a document you need the Apostille for. If it is judicial documents including documents issued or certified by notaries you need to contact the Ministry of Justice. For any other documents please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can apply either in person or by mail.

For authorities responsible in different countries than the CR, browse through this list at the Apostille Convention website.

How to apply for judicial documents

If you wish to apply in person, the office is in Prague so you will have to travel. Don’t forget to bring a stamp (‘kolek’) worth 100 CZK.

  • address: Na Děkance 3, Praha 2, 128 10
  • phone: +420 221 997 473 (or 927, 924, 910, 319)
  • email: moc@msp.justice.cz

If you wish to apply by mail you can send it to:

  • Ministerstvo spravedlnosti ČR
  • Mezinárodní odbor civilní
  • Vyšehradská 16
  • 128 10 Praha 2

Please attach the following:

  1. The country where the document will be used;
  2. Your address to which the document will be returned;
  3. Phone number, email address;
  4. The required number of stamps / ‘kolek’ worth 100 CZK for one verification;
  5. The document itself.

The processing time can take up to 30 days but it usually only takes 10-14 days if sent by mail.

How to apply for other documents

One of the most common cases you might need an Apostille for is obtaining a birth certificate. It consist of two steps.

Step 1: Registry – Administrative department (‘Správní oddělení’)

First you will need to obtain a verification of the birth certificate from the authority that issued it. In Brno it is the Registry (matrika). All you need to bring is the original of the birth certificate and your ID (and a residence card just in case).

Step 2: Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Legalization department (‘Odbor konzulárních činností – pracovní skupina legalizace’)

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs you can apply in person or by mail. In person, you need to travel to Prague. Remember to bring a stamp (kolek) worth 100 CZK.

  • address: Hradčanské náměstí 5, Praha 1, 118 00
  • phone: +420 224 182 188 (or 153, 527)
  • email: legalizace@mzv.cz

If you wish to apply by mail you can send it to:

  • Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí ČR
  • Odbor konzulárních činností – pracovní skupina legalizace
  • Hradčanské nám. 5
  • 110 00 Praha

Please attach the following:

  1. The country where the document will be used;
  2. Your address to which the document will be returned;
  3. Phone number, email address;
  4. The required number of stamps (‘kolek’) worth 100 CZK for one verification;
  5. The document itself.

You can visit the convention website to find out more about apostilles.