Certifications and legalizations at the Bulgarian embassy

Authentication of dates, content and signatures on private documents

Article 84 of the Bulgaria Notary Act empowers all Bulgarian diplomatic and consular representations abroad to authenticate the dates, content and signatures on private documents that are not subject to entry in a register. The Consular Section does not have the power to issue notary deeds or verify other private documents that are subject to entry in a register (e.g. statements of claim or contracts for motor vehicle transfer).

All Bulgarian diplomatic missions and consular representations can attest documents required for company formation in Bulgaria and Powers of Attorney. If you would like to sale or buy shares in existing Bulgarian company or you would like to buy a real-estate in Bulgaria you can certify the documents only at a notary public in Bulgaria. You may contact us to assist you with the attestation of the documents with a local notary in Plovdiv or Sofia. 

As per the Notary Act, the Consular Section verifies the date, content and signatures on private documents, only if they are written in Bulgarian language or bilingual. 

The Consular Section verifies the signatures of the foreign nationals only if the document is intended to have effect in the Republic of Bulgaria.

 Verifying copies of original documents

The Consular Section verifies the authenticity of copies, transcripts and excerpts from documents submitted by Bulgarian or non-Bulgarian nationals. The documents submitted for verification must have been issued by a Bulgarian agency. To have their copies, etc. verified, the applicants should submit them together with the original documents.

Verification of translators’ signatures

The Bulgarian Embassy does not provide translation services to the public. It can only verify the signatures of certified freelance translators who have been approved and authorized by the Embassy. Signatures of translators other than those registered with the Consular Section cannot be verified.

Issuance fees for authentication of signatures and stamps

Notary authentication      
Type of service  5 working days up to 8 hours up to 4 hours
Authentication of  signatures on private documents /Authentication of a translator’s signature € 15.00  €22.50  €30.00
Authentication of signatures and stamps on documents and other papers issued by Bulgarian establishments      
for first page  €10.00 €15.00  €20.00
for each following page  €5.00 €7.50  €10.00
Authentication of the content of private documents which are  not subject to entry in a register      
for first page  €30.00 €45.00 €60.00
for each following page  €15.00 €22.50 €30.00

You may find the costs related to legalizing documents at the Bulgarian embassy in London here

Consular Section charges a €1 administrative fee for every 1-10 photocopies of documents.

Legalization of Documents from Abroad for Official Use in Bulgaria

The Hague Convention, abolishing the requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents (“Hague Legalization Convention”) has been in force in Bulgaria since 2001.

If you need to use official foreign documents in Bulgaria, be it for business purposes (registration of companies, trademarks, and patents) or personal and family reasons such as getting married in Bulgaria, they have to be legalized at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and then attested by the respective Bulgarian embassy in that country. 

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