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 Monaco -
If your document originates from Monaco 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:
Designated Competent Authority(ies):
Direction des Services Judiciaires
Address: Direction des Services Judiciaires
Palais de Justice
5, rue Colonel Bellando de Castro
98 000 MONACO
MC 98015 Monaco Cedex
Telephone: +377 98 98 88 11
Fax: +377 98 98 88 11
Mrs Martine Provence
Secrétaire générale de la Direction des services judiciaires
tel.: +377 98 98 19 36
Mrs Nathalie Rico
Secrétaire principale de la Direction
tel.: +377 98 98 84 30
(language of communication: French)
General website: http://www.gouv.mc/
Principle and conditions
The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legislation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention itself came into force in Monaco on 1 January 2003.
Application of this Convention, an apostille is to say, a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document, may be affixed under certain conditions (see the ABC on the certificate issued by the Conference of The Hague Private International Law) by the Department of Legal Services on:
Documents emanating from an authority or an official of the Principality of Monaco, including prosecutors, court or bailiff
Deeds and official statements, such as statements, registration, visas certain date certifications and signature affixed to a private deed
Responding to the format specified by the Convention apostille indicates the name of the person who signed the act, its quality and the seal or stamp of the issuing authority. It is dated, signed, numbered and stamped.
All footnotes are listed on a register that contains the number, the date, the name of the authority, the title of the document, the signature of the person empowered to deposit the instrument and the date of withdrawal.
Can not be apostilled: the documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents nor to administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operation.
Apostilles can only be issued for public documents issued in Monaco and intended to be used in another Member State to the Convention on the certificate (see the list of Member States to the Convention ).
If the State in which you must use your public act is not a party to the Apostille Convention, closer to the consulate or embassy of the country in which you must use your public act to be aware of opportunities that s' available to you.
Remove the paper
You must file your document apostilled at the reception Courthouse located on the ground floor.
If the document is not written in French, it should show brief details on the title of the document to be able to identify the register provided for this purpose.
Apostilles are subject to the collection of a fee, to be paid at the time of withdrawal of the document apostilled at the Directorate of Judicial Services. This right is currently set at € 5 ( OS No. 2848 of 2 August 2010 ). The value is shown on the stamp pasted on the certificate but receipts can be issued at your request.
Remove the document
The footnotes will be ready within 48 hours maximum.
In case of emergency, for justifiable reasons, applicants are requested to contact the secretariat of the Directorate of Judicial Services -
Persons authorized to remove the documents must carry a proof of identity and authority of the applicant.