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 the issuing country and the country in which the documents are to be used are a party to the Apostille Convention (the Czech Republic is a contracting party and issues / recognizes apostille). Here is a list of the 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 a registered letter.

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

How to apply for an apostilla to a document

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

Step 1: Get the original document signed “verified” by the appropriate authority

For the birth certificate, visit the Registry (‘Matrika‘) – Administrative department (‘Správní oddělení’) and ask for verification. All you need to bring is the original of the birth certificate and your ID (and a residence card just in case).

For the tax domicile, ask the local Financial office to put a higher signature “vyšší ověření” on the document. They will send it to Prague to the Director’s office and then to your mailbox. Or you can send the original document on your own to Generální finanční ředitelství, Lazarská 15/7, 117 22, Praha and attach a letter asking for “vyšší ověření”.

Once you receive the required document with a higher verification, you are ready for the next step.

Step 2: Contact the 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. Information about for which country the document will be used;
  2. Your address to which the document shall 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 process at the MoFA usually takes up to 30 days.

How to apply for judicial documents (issued by Czech courts or by the Ministry of Justice)

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.