Apostille stamp is applied by the competent authorities of a state signatory of the Hague Convention on official documents issued in that country and that are to be presented in another state party to the Convention. The purpose of the certificate is to prevent the use of false documents with legal effects.
The procedure for applying the apostille on administrative official acts is carried out through a single office within the institutions under the supervision of the Prefect. Applicants may choose, before submitting documents at the apostille office, to go to the corresponding offices of the institutions in question (or their local representatives) to verify the signature, the quality of the person signing the document and, where appropriate, the idendity of the stamp or seal present on the act for which the apostille is needed.
In this situation, in accordance with the Memorandum on the “Necessary measures to improve public service activities”, the apostille is issued within 2 hours. The apostille can be applied on the following documents:
– Birth certificates, in original, issued after 1998;
– Proof of marital status;
– Marriage certificate, in original, issued after 1998;
– Death certificates in original issued after 1998. (Note: The civil status certificates issued before 1998 must be replaced with new ones. The change is made at the respective offices that have issued the initial certificates.)
– Certificates of good conduct, in original, issued no more than six months ago;
– Certificate attesting residence and nationality of the person or the legal status, in original;
– Acts of studies, in original;
– Medical certificates in original, stamped by the Public Health Department;
– Certificates of baptism / marriage, in original, stamped by the County Department for Culture, Cults and National Heritage;
– Certificate stating length of employment, stamped by the National House of Pensions and Other Social Insurance Rights;
– Qualification certificates in various trades, in original, stamped by the Department of Labour, Social Solidarity;
– Certificates on family composition;
– Tax residence certificate issued by the public financial administrations.
The apostille can be issued for countries member of the Hague Convention: Albania, South Africa, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Daressalam Bulgaria, China Honkong SAR, China Macao SAR, Cyprus, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Switzerland, El Salvador, Fidji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Marshall Island, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, Norway, Niue, New Zealand, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Santa Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, USA, Ukraine , Hungary, Venezuela, Moldova, Denmark.