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Legalisation of foreign documents

A legalisation intends to verify that a document has been issued by the competent authority and contains a genuine signature and stamp. A document has to be legalised in the country where it has been issued.

A legalisation does not verify the authenticity of the document’s content or that the content is correct. A Danish authority may decide to check this.

If a foreign document is to be applied in Denmark, you should first check whether the document requires a legalisation or not. You can do this by contacting the Danish authority, which has requested the document. 

Legalisation of documents under the Apostille Convention

If your document is issued in a country, which has ratified the Apostille Convention, your document requires an Apostille from the competent authority in the issuing country. The competent authority is usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Documents with an Apostille are valid in every country, which is party to the Apostille Convention.  A list of the countries that are party to the Apostille Convention can be found here.

Legalisation of documents issued in countries outside the Apostille Convention

If your document is issued in a country, which is has not ratified the Apostille Convention, your document requires a legalisation from the competent authority in the issuing country and an additional legalisation by the relevant Danish Embassy. For more information, kindly refer to the website of the Danish Embassy in the country where your document has been issued. 

If your document is issued in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the document cannot be legalised by the Danish Embassy.  You are thus kindly requested to contact the relevant Danish authority, which has requested the document.

Legalisation of Danish documents

If your document is issued in Denmark and is to be applied abroad, you are kindly requested to contact the Legalisation Office in Denmark. For more information see here.

The Legalisation Office in Denmark cannot legalise documents issued outside Denmark.

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Opening hours:
Monday – Friday:  09.00 – 12.00
Thursday extended opening hours: 13.30 – 15.30

You do not require an appointment to visit our office.

 

Fee:
The service fee is DKK200 per document.

 

Telephone hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 14:00-15:00
Telephone: +45 3392 1233

 

Closing days in 2019:
18 April - 22 April
17 May
30 May
5 June
10 June

30 October

13 November
23 December - 1 January 2020
 

Address:
Asiatisk Plads 2
DK-1448 Copenhagen K

 

E-mail:
legalisering@um.dk

 

How to find us
Walk past the reception of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (A) towards the harbour and turn left. 
The Legalisation Office (B) is located round the corner facing the harbour.

 

To see the location of the Legalisation Office, click here.