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The legalisation procedure

What is Legalisation?

Legalisation is a confirmation that the signature on a document is genuine. The actual legalisation process consists of a stamp (Apostille) and a signature. Legalisation does not have anything to do with the contents of a document.

The fee for 1 legalisation is DKK 195.-.

The Legalisation procedure

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.

Certain documents require more legalisation processes

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.

Original signature

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. 

Maximum 3 months

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.