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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • APOSTILLE ON POLISH DOCUMENTS

  • Polish public documents intended for circulation in foreign states are certified through:

     

    1. Apostille – in the case of documents intended for circulation in states that are parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Journal of Laws of 2005, no. 112, item 938);
    2. Legalization – in the case of documents intended for circulation in states that are not parties to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.

    Israel is a member of the Hague Convention so apostille is a proper certificate - there is no need to legalize Polish documents which will be used in Israel.

     

    The competent authority to issue the apostille or legalize Polish documents is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     

    Address:

     

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Legalization Section
    Al. Szucha 21, 00-580 Warsaw

    Tel.: (+48 22) 523 9845

    E-mail: legalizacja@msz.gov.pl

    Office hours: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

     

    It is only possible to apply for apostille on Polish documents directly in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw - for details see: http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/apostille/apostille

     

    Official documents include acts of civil status, administrative and court documents, notarial deeds and official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity. Pursuant to the convention, they do not include administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operations. The issuance of an apostille or legalization of a document is not necessary when either the laws, regulation or practices in force in the State where the document is produced or an agreement between two or more contracting states have abolished or simplified it or exempt the document itself from legalization.

     

    Before the apostille is issued or the document can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, certain documents first have to be authenticated:

     

    • notarial acts (e.g. notarial deeds, powers of attorney, certified true copies, notarial authentications of signatures) and court documents (except for copies from the National Court Register) are certified by the president of the competent circuit court;
    • diplomas of higher education institutions are certified by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. However, diplomas issued by higher art schools (Academies of Music, Academies of Fine Arts, Theatre and Film Schools) are legalized by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage; the Minister of National Defense legalizes diplomas of higher military schools; medical school diplomas are legalized by the Minister of Health; diplomas issued by the Gdynia Maritime University and the Maritime University of Szczecin are legalized by the Minister of Infrastructure;
    • the new Matura is certified by the Ministry of National Education;
    • school certificates are certified by the competent local board of education;
    • master craftsman’s certificates and craftsman’s certificates are certified by the Association of Polish Crafts in Warsaw;
    • commercial documents are certified by the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw and by regional chambers of commerce.

    Applications for the issue of the apostille or for legalization of documents may be filed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs personally or by a third person (no additional authorization is required) and the application is analyzed “on the spot.” Documents may be sent by mail, also from abroad. When certifying documents that have been sent by mail, you must include proof of payment of the stamp duty (copy of a bank wire transfer or printed electronic account statement) in your mail and provide your return address. Certified documents will then be sent to you by mail, also abroad. The document certification period is 2-3 weeks.

     

    An up-to-date list of states parties to the Hague Convention of 1961 is available on the HCCH website or at the legalization center:  http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=41

     

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