In order for an official document of Kazakhstani origin to be valid abroad, it must be legalised in Kazakhstan in advance.

Here you can learn about the main stages of consular legalisation and apostille of documents for use abroad.
There are two types of legalisation of official documents:
  • consular legalisation
  • apostille

In what cases is it necessary to legalise or apostille documents intended for use abroad?

Consular legalisation or apostille is required in the case of:
  • employment abroad;
  • moving to another country for permanent residence;
  • studying in foreign educational institutions;
  • marriage outside the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • other cases when there is a need to interact with the competent authorities of a foreign country

Which documents are subject to legalisation or apostille?

The following Kazakhstani documents can be legalized or apostilled for submission to other countries:
  • education diploma (including an appendix)
  • university archive certificate
  • general secondary education certificate
  • marriage certificate, certificate of birth
  • certificate of marriageability
  • certificate of criminal record and tax residency
  • other official document
According to the rules, only the original or notarised copy of a document can be legalised or apostilled. In addition, the translation of the document into a foreign language must be notarised. Documents must be in proper condition with a clearly visible seal and signature, without extraneous inscriptions and marks.

Please note that electronic versions of documents (with QR code) without signature and seal will not be accepted for the process.

If the original document has been lost or you are already outside Kazakhstan, WPK consultants can assist you in obtaining a duplicate and submitting documents in Kazakhstan. In this case, we perform all actions on your behalf remotely on the basis of a notary power of attorney.
Consular legalisation
Consular legalisation of documents is required in those countries that have not acceded to the Hague Convention. For example, Canada, China, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.

The process consists of two stages:
  1. certification of the document by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  2. Recognition of the document by the consular service of a foreign embassy/consulate accredited in Kazakhstan

  • If there is no embassy/consulate in Kazakhstan, legalisation is carried out in the nearest embassy (e.g. in Russia).

What documents will be required for consular legalisation?
  • Identity document
  • Application form
  • The document to be legalised and its notarised copy with a translation into the relevant language
  • Receipt of payment of the state duty / consular fee
  • Notarised power of attorney in case of submission by a representative
  • Other documents at the request of the foreign consulate

Processing time and rates of fees:
  • The standard term for legalisation of a document in the Department of Consular Service of the MFA is 3 business days.
  • Consideration of a document in a foreign consulate takes on average from 5 to 15 business days depending on the type of document and requirements of the consulate.
  • The consular fee for legalisation of a document in the Department of Consular Service of the MFA is 0.5 MCI (1,725 tenge).
  • The amount of consular fee for legalisation of a document in a consulate depends on the rate of each individual consulate.
If the document is in doubt or additional clarifications are required, a request is sent to the competent authority that issued the document. In this case, the review period is extended.
Apostille is a simplified procedure for legalisation of documents between countries that have acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.

The process of apostille of documents in Kazakhstan is carried out in one stage, the service can be obtained at the State Corporation "Government for Citizens".

In Kazakhstan, the apostilled document is stamped with a standard four-cornered stamp in the state, English and French languages with the stamp of the authorised state body.

What documents will be required for apostille?

  • Identity document
  • Document subject to apostille (documents are accepted for apostille both in originals and in notarised copies)
  • Document confirming payment of the state fee
  • Notarised power of attorney, in case the representative of the beneficiary applies.

Processing time and fees
The process of apostille of a document at the Public Service Center takes up to 5 business days, not including the date of submission.

The consular fee for apostille of a document at the Public Service Center is 0.5 MCI (1,725 tenge).

Which countries do not require legalisation and apostille?

Legalisation and apostille of Kazakhstani documents are not required if they will be used in the territory of one of the countries-parties to the Convention on legal aid and legal relations in civil, family and criminal cases (Kishinev, 7 October 2002).

Currently, the parties to the Kishinev Convention are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.

In these countries documents are accepted without any consular legalisation mark or apostille stamp. It is sufficient to submit the original or a notarised copy of the document with a translation into the relevant language.
Our cases
Check out our cases on legalisation of documents for use abroad and in Kazakhstan
Request document legalisation at WPK
Our consultants will manage the whole process, represent and protect your interests at the consulate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other state authorities under a power of attorney.
Our work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Every day we represent the interests of our clients in the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in particular we apply to the Consular Legalization Unit
  • we coordinate documents with authorized bodies, consulates, check the availability of signature and seal samples in the database of the DCS of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • we prepare a package of necessary documents: we collect, translate and notarize them in accordance with the requirements of each individual consulate
  • we represent and defend the interests of the client in the process in all government agencies, consulates
  • we provide the client with the result. We advise on related issues, deadlines, and give our recommendations
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