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Legalization of Documents to be Valid in Colombia

Legalization is the certification with which the signature of the Colombian Consul abroad is endorsed in public documents issued in countries which are not members of the “Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents” signed at The Hague on October 5, 1961.

Requirements:

  • The document must be issued by the foreign authority of the country not part of the Convention.
  • Present the document before the Colombian Consulate accredited in that country.
  • Legalize the signature of the Colombian Consul at the Apostille and Legalizations Office in Bogota.
  • Should there not be a Colombian Consulate in the country where the document was issued, it may be legalized through a friendly country, with the following requirements

Colombia is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention and any official document destined for this country requires an Apostille from the U.S. Government or the Secretary of State. Colombia joined the Hague Apostille Convention on May 9, 2004. (Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents).

Legal documents being requested by the country of Colombia require certification by the U.S. Government. It’s important to know what documents are being requested in order to avoid any delays or additional costs.

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