Authentication is the procedure performed by the competent authorities in Romania, which certifies, for States that are not party to the Hague Convention or states with which Romania has no bilateral treaties for the mutual recognition of documents, that the document subject to this procedure is an official one, the validity of the signature, the capacity of the person who signed acted and the identity of the seal or stamp on that document.
In Romania, authentication is different from the Apostillation procedure. The Hague Convention, signed on October 5, 1961, aimed at suppressing the requirement to legalize foreign official documents, while the signatory states wished to suppress the requirement of diplomatic or consular overlawing of foreign official documents.
Authentication is done for original documents, legalized copies and their legalized translations. Some documents, including study papers and their annexes issued by educational institutions in Romania, need to be certified by the competent authority before they are authenticated.
For more information on the authentication procedure, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.mae.ro/node/6869
For more information on authenticationg legalized copies or legalized translations, please visit: http://www.uniuneanotarilor.ro/?p=4.3 or the web page of the Chamber of Notaries Public under which the Notarial Bureau that made the legalization functions.
In order to recognize the study documents and their annexes issued in Romania, and taking into account the specific requirements of each state, the following steps can be taken: