What is an Apostille?
It is very important to apostille your documents. Many people don’t understand what that means, so let us explain.
Why is the apostille important? Very important.
An Apostille is a French word that means “certification”. An Apostille is simply the name of a specialized certificate, issued by the Secretary of State. The Apostille is attached to your original document to verify that it is legitimate and authentic, so it will be accepted in all countries that are members of the Hague Convention.
In 1961, many countries came together to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition. The members of the conference, called the Hague Convention, adopted a document called the Apostille that would be recognized by all member countries.
I need documents from Uruguay… I need a Uruguayan agency…
Uruguay is a member of the Hague Convention and any official document destined for this country requires an Apostille. Uruguay joined the Hague Convention on October 14, 2012, which repeals the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents.
In Uruguay the designated competent authority(ies) to issue an apostille are:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Directorate of Consular Affairs
Where and when is the procedure carried out?
Presential: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRREE).
Address: Cuareim 1384, ground floor (between Avenida 18 de Julio and Colonia). Telephone: 2902 1010 internal 76291 – 76274.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The numbers will be entered until 3:00 p.m. The box closes at 3.30 pm as well as the access doors to the Citizen Attention Center, (C.A.C.) of Cuareim Street 1384.
Important: You can only apostille in Montevideo
Take the original document issued by the corresponding intitution, without alterations or breakages and with the signature of the competent registered authority or other documents granted by notary public, prior legalization of its signature by the Supreme Court of Justice.
How is it done?
On a face-to-face basis: The interested party must present himself with the required documentation, personally (or through a third person), at the Citizen Service Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Apostille: $487 (Uruguayan pesos four hundred eighty-seven).