Attesting Hungarian Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Hungarian Apostille services

Can Hungarian documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - Hungary is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Hungarian documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When Hungarian documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

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Submission within the European Union
Certain Hungarian documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a Hungarian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Hungarian documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of a Hungarian citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other Hungarian documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

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What types of documents can be legalized in Hungary for use abroad?

Apostille stamps can be obtained for documents issued in Hungary when signed by a public official, including birth, death and marriage certificates, Criminal Record Certificates, certified copies of court documents, university diplomas and transcripts, and school certificates. Other documents, such as powers of attorney, can be authenticated with an Apostille when certified by a Hungarian civil law notary and legalized by the Hungarian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries.

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How can I obtain an apostille for a Hungarian birth, death or marriage certificate?

Apostilles for Hungarian birth, death and marriage certificates are obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The original certificate is required. Birth certificates issued before 01 March 2006 are not eligible for an Apostille stamp - a new certificate must be obtained from the Civil Registry Office or embassy.

Submission within the European Union
Hungarian certificates of civil status (marriage, death and birth certificates) do not require an Apostille stamp when required for submission in another Member State of the European Union. For further information, see:
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

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How can I obtain my Hungarian Criminal Record Certificate to use abroad?

Hungarian Criminal Record Certificates (Certificate of Good Conduct or Extract from the Judicial Record) may be obtained online with Ügyfélkapu registration, by mail or in person at the Customer Service of the Criminal Records Authority in Budapest (Ministry of the Interior). Certificates can be also be obtained through the nearest Hungarian diplomatic missions abroad - embassies and consulates Hungarian EmbassyExternal link (opens in new tab)

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in Hungary?

Apostilles in Hungary are normally obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 3-7 working days

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Hungarian University Degree and Transcripts?

To obtain an apostille stamp on a Hungarian university diploma, a notarized true copy can be made (this can normally be done from a good quality scan). The true copy is certified by the Hungarian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries and then with an Apostille stamp from the Ministry of Justice.

If the Apostille is required on the original diploma, it will need to be legalized by the Office of Education before it can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Primary and secondary school certificates require prior legalization by the Ministry of Human Capacities.

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How can I obtain an apostille for a Hungarian Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney that has been sworn before a Hungarian civil law notary must be legalized by the Hungarian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries. It can then be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Ministry of Justice.

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How can I obtain a Hungarian Apostille on a divorce decree or judgement?

Hungarian divorce decrees and judgement certified by the competent District Court can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Ministry of Justice.

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How can I obtain a Hungarian Apostille on a medical certificate or doctor's letter?

Hungarian medical certificates must be certified by the National Healthcare Service Center. An Apostille stamp can then be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Hungarian Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of a Hungarian birth, marriage or death certificate?

Certified copies of Hungarian birth, death and marriage certificates are available in Hungary from the town hall's Civil Registry Office (anyakönyvi hivatal) in the municipality where the birth, death or marriage occurred or abroad from your nearest Hungarian diplomatic missions abroad - embassies and consulates Hungarian EmbassyExternal link (opens in new tab).

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How can I legalize a Hungarian degree certificate for submission to the United Arab Emirates?

Hungarian university diplomas can be certified as true copies, which will be notarized and then legalized by the Hungarian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries (true copies can normally be made from good quality scans, so there is no need to send the original diploma to Hungary).

The notarized true copy of the diploma must then be legalized by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, so that it can be submitted for final attestation by the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Budapest.

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How can I legalize a Hungarian degree certificate for submission to Saudi Arabia?

Hungarian university diplomas can now be authenticated for submission to the authorities of Saudi Arabia with an Apostille Stamp. Apostilles can be applied to a notarized true copy (this can normally be done from a good quality scan). Attestation by the Saudi Embassy in Budapest is no longer required.

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How can I legalize a Hungarian degree certificate for submission to China?

Hungarian university diplomas can now be authenticated for submission to the authorities of China with an Apostille Stamp. Apostilles can be applied to a notarized true copy (this can normally be done from a good quality scan). Attestation by the Chinese Embassy in Budapest is no longer required.

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I need to submit a Hungarian Certificate of no impediment to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Hungarian certificates of marital status to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union.

A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a Hungarian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit a Hungarian Criminal Record Certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Hungarian Criminal Record Certificates to another Member State of the European Union when the certificate is issued to a Hungarian national and when the criminal record is clean (no convictions). In other cases, the recipient Member State may require an Apostille.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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I need to submit a Hungarian Birth, Death or Marriage certificate to authorities abroad. Do I need an Apostille?

Apostilles are not required when submitting Hungarian birth, death and marriage certificates to the authorities of another Member State of the European Union. A multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a Hungarian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority understand the certificate when in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.

EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 (EU GDPR)External link (opens in new tab)

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Do Hungarian Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

Hungarian criminal record certificates are valid for 90 days.

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How can I obtain an Apostille on a Hungarian criminal record certificate?

Apostilles for Hungarian Criminal Record Extracts can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The original certificate is required and must be less than 90 days old.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

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