Certification and legalization of documents, when those procedures are used and what is the difference, here to clarify:
Certification - applies to documents issued by a foreign state. When foreign documents are translated into Bulgarian, the translation can be certified by a Bulgarian notary, after which the document acquires an official status, such a procedure is called Certification.
Legalization - applies to documents issued in Bulgaria.
More about the certification procedure:
In our staff we have translators registered with the Consular Department (CD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria (MFA). Translators registered with CD of MFA have the right to certify their translations with a signature, in the presence of a notary, this procedure is known as "Certification". After translation and certification by a notary, the document can be submitted to government agencies and institutions, private and public institutions such as the Department of Migration, schools, courts, banks and others.
More about the legalization procedure:
For documents issued on the territory of Bulgaria for use in other countries, there is a procedure that includes:
- Apostille of the document
- translation of the document into the required language