Legalisation of official documents (apostilles)
If you choose to visit our office and deliver the document(s) please note the following:
The office hours are between 10.00 and 11.00 from Monday to Friday. Submitted documents are delivered the same day. It is not necessary to book an appointment. Documents that are delivered after kl. 11.00, are ready for delivery the next day.
Our visiting address is Lagårdsveien 44, 4010 Stavanger.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
For a Norwegian document to be considered valid abroad, it must be issued with an apostille stamp. This apostille stamp does not confirm the accuracy of the contents of a document; however, it does confirm that the signature of the notary public is real. This is known as legalisation. The County Governor is responsible for legalising documents for use abroad – that is to say, documents to be used in countries that have ratified the Hague Convention.
An apostille is a confirmation of:
- the authenticity of the signature
- the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and
- the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears
We can only apostille original document(s) or “true copy” confirmed by Notarius publicus. Before we can apostille a document, you need to make sure that the document contains following:
- name and capacity in which the person signing the document has acted – either by printed text or handwritten block capitals.
- signature (with blue pen)
- stamp from the public authority that has signed the document.
You can choose whether you want to come to our office and deliver the document(s) by hand or if you want to send them to us by mail:
If you choose to send them to us, you need to send us following information together with the document(s):
- Which country you are going to use the document(s) in
- Return address
- Your telephone number