Legalisations

You need to have your signature, or the seal and official signatures of an authority on a document, authenticated (legalised).

In accordance with the Ordinance on the Swiss Persons and Institutions Abroad, the Swiss representations abroad are among others authorized to legalise the seal and official signatures of the receiving state as well as the signatures of private persons.

Legalisation involves a written declaration by the person carrying out the legalisation (judicial or administrative authority, notary public) attesting to the authenticity of an official signature or seal on a public document, or of a private signature, so that the signature and/or seal will be accepted whenever the document is produced. The public official certifies only the authenticity of the signature and does not accept any responsibility as to the validity of the document or its content.

In this context Swiss representations have to check each request and to verify, among other things, if an agreement exists on abolishing the requirement for diplomatic or consular legalisation (apostille agreement) between the states concerned, and whether or not Swiss interests are involved.

The Swiss representation in question reserves the right to demand additional information and to reject a request for legalisation, if there is a risk of violating local legislation or of jeopardising Switzerland’s reputation.

Ordinance on Swiss Persons and Institutions Abroad (Ordinance on Swiss Abroad; RS 195.11)

Information concerning the legalisation of foreign civil status records for the purpose of registering a civil status event in Switzerland, will be found under the heading Civil Status on this website:

Please note: civil status changes (marital status, birth of children, death, name change, etc.) must be communicated to the Swiss authorities. Failure to provide accurate documentation may impede future administrative procedures with the Swiss authorities and even hinder the issuance of new identity documents, i.e. passports, etc.

Where to obtain the Apostille on South Korean documents

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade MOFAT
Consular Section
4 fl. Korea Re-Insurance Bulg. 68
Jongno 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South-Korea
Tel. ++82-2-2100-7500