What is diplomatic legalization?
Hungary, just like many other countries in the World, requires that foreign public document to be used (served) in official procedures are first legalized. Given that Canada is not a party to the so-called Apostille Convention, a Hungarian consul applies diplomatic legalization to Canadian public documents. The consul can only do this if the signature and seal samples of the issuer or authenticator of the documents are available to us.
Please note that Canadian vital statistics certificates to be used in Hungary usually do not require diplomatic legalization.
How can I request diplomatic legalization?
For mailed in applications please send along with the documents to be legalized:
- a cover letter requesting diplomatic legalization, and including your contact details,
- a self-addressed, prepaid return envelope.
How much is the fee for diplomatic legalization?
The consular fee is 37 CAD for each signature to be authenticated. It is payable by debit/credit card only for in-person applications, and by a money order payable to the Embassy of Hungary if mailed in. We do not accept either cash or cheques.
What documents can the consul legalize?
We can legalize the signatures and seals of notaries public according to the instructions given on this page.
Other documents to be legalized have to be previously authenticated by one of the following Canadian authenticators:
Global Affairs Canada
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