Legalization / Apostille of documents

Legalization / Apostille of documents

Brazil is a signatory to the International Hague Agreement (Apostille) and the validation procedure in the original documents issued in Brazil, notarized copies or signature  recognition are done only jointly with the Brazilian Notaries by “apostille”.

General Information

  • The Consulate does not validate original Brazilian documents. This validation is done exclusively by the Brazilian Notaries through the “apostille”.
  • The validation of the recognition of the translator’s signature in the translations is also done in the Notaries by “apostille”. It is no longer necessary to be validated by the Consulate by “legalization”.
  • Brazilian Registry Offices only do “apostille” of documents issued in Brazil which will be presented there in Luxembourg.
  • When the document is issued in Luxembourg to be valid here in Brazil, a legalization / apostille must be done by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg. For information, visit https://maee.gouvernement.lu/fr/services-aux-citoyens/legalisation.html
  • Certificates (birth, marriage, divorce, death, etc.) must have an updated issue date of no more than 180 days. It is possible to request a new copy of the certificates at the registry office if the date of issue exceeds 180 days. For the Certificate of Criminal Background, the Certificate of Single or Public Deed of Single, the valid date of issue is a maximum of 90 days. . For marriage the Birth Certificate must also have a date of issue of no more than 90 days.
  • Diplomas must have the MEC stamp authenticating their veracity and the recognized signature of the person who signed it.
  • The originals of the documents: Certificate of Criminal Background, Diploma, Negative Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Bachelor or Public Deed of Bachelor, must be “apostilled” by the Notaries in accordance with the Hague Convention.