When a Danish document has to be used abroad, it often has to be legalised.
Since 01.01.2007, most documents only need to undergo one single legalisation process at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.It is thus no longer necessary, for example, to have a civil marriage certificate legalised at the Ministry of the Interior or a diploma legalised at the Ministry of Education prior to legalisation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There are, however, exceptions to the new, simplified legalisation procedure, see information about private documents (e.g. powers of attorney), export documents, and countries outside the Apostille Convention.
The document must bear an original signature of the authority that has issued it in order that it can be legalised. If the signature can be accepted, the document is legalised by means of a stamp and a signature.
In some cases documents may be a maximum of 3 months old at the time of legalisation.
This applies, for example, to birth and baptism certificates, church marriage certificates, printouts from the national register, and extracts from police records. However, marriage certificates from civil weddings may well be older than 3 months at the time of the legalisation.If you need a new certificate, please contact the authority that issued the old one.
As a general rule you can expect to have your documents legalised while you wait. A larger number of documents must be left, and will normally be available for pick-up the following day. Legalised documents can also be sent to a desired address if a stamped, addressed envelope is provided.The fee of DKK 195.- for each legalisation process can be paid in cash in Danish kroner, by cheque, or by Dankort or credit cards. Foreign currencies are not accepted.
Documents by post
Documents that are to be legalised can also be sent by post to Ministry of Foreign AffairsLegalisation OfficeAsiatisk Plads 2DK-1448 Copenhagen KIf the documents are to sent/returned to an address in Denmark, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope as well as a receipt of a bank transfer or a cheque (payable to Udenrigsministeriet) to cover the legalisation fee. Please also state your contact telephone number.
If the documents are to be sent/returned abroad, please enclose an unstamped, addressed envelope and pay an additional DKK 90.- to cover postage by registered mail or DKK 15.- for postage by ordinary mail. Please indicate the desired way of posting.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs legalises and returns the documents within min. 1 week. During the summer months July and August and around Christmas, you should, however, expect a longer handling time.
We do not return documents by courier service.Please make your transfer to:
Danske BankGirostroeget 10800 Hoeje TaastrupRegistration No. 0216Account No. 4069066364IBAN: DK2402164069066364SWIFT/BIC: DABADKKK
The Apostille stamp is bilingual Danish/English. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may only have one version of the Apostille, we are no longer able to offer endorsement of a document in, for example, French or Spanish.
Danish Ministry of Foreign AffairsLegalisation OfficeAsiatisk Plads 2DK-1448 Copenhagen KE-mail: email@example.com
Ministry of Foreign AffairsLegalisation OfficeAsiatisk Plads 2DK-1448 Copenhagen KE-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The office will be closed on the following days:
The Legalisation Office is closed on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th October 2016 due to relocation within the Ministry.
26 December 2016 – 2 January 2017.
The office is open:
Monday - Friday: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm
Thursdays also between 2 pm - 4 pm