The legalisation convention is the convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, also known as the Apostille Convention (5 October 1961). This convention does not completely abolish legalisation but shortens the chain so that only a single action is required, the addition of an apostille. A document bearing an apostille does not require any further legalisation by the embassy or consulate of the country in which it is to be used.
Apostille for Dominican Republic -
If your document originates from Dominican Republic then it should be legalised by the correct authority where the document was created or issued. For any document issued in Barbados we suggest you try to contact the following apostille authority:
Dominican Republic -
Designated Competent Authority:
Secretariat of State of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic,
Legalisations Section of the Consular Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ave. Independencia No. 752
Estancia San Gerónimo, Santo Domingo
620 Dominican pesos (approx. 16 USD)
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (only in Spanish)
If you are getting married in the Dominican Republic you know there are countless details involved in planning a destination wedding. It is crucial to know exactly what documentation is required from the bride and groom, and how to make sure these documents are prepared correctly.
Please confirm your document requirements with your wedding planner, as well as the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. You may also contact International Documents Canada for more information.
Below is a list of documents that may be required.
Single Status Affidavits, these need to be notarized
Certified True Copies of your valid passports
Certified True Copies of your birth certificates
Original death or divorce certificates, if applicable
To be accepted in the Dominican Republic your documents will need to go through the authentication and legalization process, also commonly known as the apostille process. This involves having the documents “authenticated” by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and then “legalized” by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic. You can find more information on the Canadian authentication and legalization process here.
Mail in authentication at the Department of Foreign Affairs currently takes 25 business days plus 5 days for legalization at the Embassy of The Dominican Republic. If you are doing this yourself, plan accordingly.
In the Dominican Republic your legalized documents will only be valid for three (3) consecutive months after the legalization date. So don’t authenticate and legalize your documents too far in advance!
International Document Canada removes the stress, hassle and weeks of processing time involved in doing this yourself. We specialize in managing the authentication and legalization process for our clients. You send your documents to us and we take care of the rest in just a few days.