REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS
The current norms for the legalization of documents are:
LAW No. 07458 of December 30, 1965 Which determines the procedure to be followed to obtain the legalization of signatures of documents that will have legal effects both inside and outside the country.
SUPREME DECREE No. 25356 of April 19, 1999 Which updates the Consular Tariff and amends Supreme Decree No. 17239 of March 3, 1980, establishing the fees to be charged for the different consular actions of the consular offices or Bolivian diplomatic missions abroad.
MINISTERIAL RESOLUTION 253/2 AMENDING THE INTERNAL TARIFF OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND WORSHIP, Establishing the rates to be collected in the Legalization Unit of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs.
PROCEDURE FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF SIGNATURES OF DOCUMENTS ISSUED OUTSIDE OF BOLIVIA.
FIRST.- In order to have legal effects in Bolivia, public documents issued outside the Plurinational State must be duly legalized by the consular or, if not diplomatic, Bolivian offices in the country of origin.
SECOND.- The legalization of signatures has the sole effect of authenticating the signature and official character of the granting authority, without judging the content of the document.
THIRD.- Consular officials shall issue, under their signature and official seal, certificates, copies of documents and legalizations in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Plurinational State in accordance with the Consular Regulations.
FOURTH.- In private instruments, consular officials will legalize the signatures with which the local authorities authenticate the document. They can only legalize private signatures when they are stamped in their presence, after the personal identification of the appellant.
FIFTH.- The legalization of certificates of studies, academic degrees, master's degrees, grades and study programs must be carried out in accordance with the rules established for the revalidation of degrees. In this sense, it is essential to legalize the originals of the titles, as well as the certificates of grades and study programs.
SIXTH.- The certificates of survival of persons living abroad must be legalized in the Bolivian Consulates.
SEVENTH.- The legalization of documents of Beneméritos of the mother country will be effected without any cost, in accordance with the Supreme Decree No 17230.
PROCEDURE FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS THAT WILL PROVIDE EFFECTS OUTSIDE BOLIVIA.
FIRST.- The documents of Civil registration are issued by the Electoral Departmental Courts or National Electoral Court and for legalization in the Legalization Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be accompanied by the Form of Legalization of said Courts.
SECOND.- The certificates of good conduct, domicile, identity card must be previously legalized by the Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Government.
THIRD.- The work certificates must be previously legalized by the Ministry of Labor.
FOURTH.- Singles certificates are obtained through the testimony of witnesses. The same must be previously legalized by the Superior Court and Single Window of the Prefecture.
FIFTH.- Study documents, such as Bachelor's Degrees, Notes, Study Programs, Academic Degrees, University Professional Degrees, Postgraduate Degrees and Master's Degrees must be previously legalized by the Ministry of Education.
SIXTH.- Phytosanitary, bromatological, pharmaceutical and health certificates must be previously legalized by the Deputy Minister of Health.
SEVENTH.- The certificates of Animal Health must be previously legalized by the Prefecture of the Department.
EIGHTH.- Judicial documents, letters of powers, special powers, special powers for registrations and patents, trademarks, commercial representations, certifications, letters of adoption, testimony of adoption and others of a judicial nature must be legalized previously by the Departmental Superior Courts and The Prefectures.
NINETH.- Certificates of origin must be issued by the Single System of Export Window. (SIVEX)
TENTH.- National documents whose signatures have been legalized by the Legalization Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must subsequently be legalized in the consulates of the country where they will have legal effects.
ELEVENTH.- The legalization of signatures of a document sufficiently:
a) That the signature and rubric belongs to the indicated official.
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