CERTIFICATIONS AND LEGALISATIONS
Authentication of dates, content and signatures on private documents
Article 84 of the Notaries and Notarial Activity Act empowers all Bulgarian diplomatic and consular representations abroad to authenticate the dates, content and signatures on private documents that are not subject to entry in a register. The Consular Section does not have the power to issue notary deeds or verify other private documents that are subject to entry in a register (e.g. statements of claim or contracts for motor vehicle transfer).
As per the Notaries and Notarial Activity Act, the Consular Section verifies the date, content and signatures on private documents, only if they are written in Bulgarian language.
The Consular Section verifies the signatures of the foreign nationals only if the document is intended to have effect in the Republic of Bulgaria.
Verifying copies of original documents
The Consular Section verifies the authenticity of copies, transcripts and excerpts from documents submitted by Bulgarian citizens. The documents submitted for verification must have been issued by a Bulgarian agency. To have their copies, etc. verified, the applicants should submit them together with the original documents.
Verification of translators’ signatures
The Bulgarian Embassy does not provide translation services to the public. It can only verify the signatures of certified freelance translators who have been approved and authorized by the Embassy. Their names and contact details are obtainable from the Consular Section as well as from the Embassy’s website. Signatures of translators other than those registered with the Consular Section cannot be verified.
Issuance fees for authentication of signatures and stamps
|Type of service||5 working days||up to 8 hours||up to 4 hours|
|Authentication of signatures on private documents /
Authentication of a translator’s signature
|£ 14.00||£ 20.00||£ 27.00|
|Authentication of signatures and stamps on documents and other papers issued by Bulgarian establishments|
|for first page||£ 9.00||£ 14.00||£ 18.00|
|for each following page||£ 5.00||£ 8.00||£ 10.00|
|Authentication of the content of private documents which are not subject to entry in a register|
|for first page||£ 26.00||£ 46.00||£ 53.00|
|for each following page||£ 14.00||£ 20.00||£ 27.00|
|For notary will||£ 178.00|
Consular Section charges a £1 administrative fee for every 1-10 photocopies of documents.
Legalisation of British Documents for Official Use in Bulgaria
The Hague Convention, abolishing the requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents (“Hague Legalization Convention”) has been in force in Bulgaria since 2001.
If you need to use official British documents in Bulgaria, be it for business purposes (registration of companies, trademarks, and patents) or personal and family reasons such as getting married in Bulgaria, they have to be legalized at the Legalization Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Internet site: http://www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation