Legalisation of signatures, translations and copies of documents

You can apply for legalisation at the Consulate, Honorary Consuls or Notaries Public. Please note that the possibilities for legalisation by Honorary Consuls and by Notaries Public are limited.


I., Legalisation at the Consulate
1., Appointment:
Appointments can be booked:
• directly through our Appointment Booking System: https://ifr.mfa.gov.hu;
• via email: consulate.lon@mfa.gov.hu;
• by phone: 020 7201 3465 (only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2 pm and 4 pm).
For further information please go to:”Working hours, appoinments”. For information about the fees please visit the following link:“Consular fees”.

2., Legalisation of signatures

There are two ways to have your signature legalised by the Consular Section:
• you sign the document in the presence of the consul; or
• you recognise the signature on the document as yours in the presence of the consul.
Legalisation of a signature means that the consul checks the identity of the signatory person but does not take responsibility for the content of the document. The document should be prepared by the applicant in advance. The Consulate is not entitled to draw up the document.

The applicant should appear in person at the Consulate and should present his/her valid passport, ID card or driving licence. Please note that your application will be rejected if you fail to present one of these documents.
For information about the fees please visit the following link:“Consular fees”. (Fees vary on the basis of the number of the documents/signatories). Please note that due to high number of applications the Consulate can prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant within 10 days, as a general rule.
In case you would like to sign on behalf of a company (or other organisation) you should present the certificate of incorporation of the company. Certificate of incorporation shall have been issued within the previous 30 days.


3., Legalisation of translations

The Consulate legalises translations English to Hungarian and Hungarian to English if the translation (prepared by a translator or by the applicant) should be used in Hungary and forms part of a consular procedure. The Consulate does not prepare translations (except for Certificate of good character).

 


Should you need an official translation to be used in the UK please contact an official translator in the UK. List of translators can be found on our website („Honorary Consuls, translators, Notaries Public”).


If you need an official translation that should be used in Hungary but does not form part of a consular procedure you should contact the Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation Ltd (http://www.offi.hu/en).


You should submit the original document together with the translation.
In accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of Regulation 1/2002 (23. January 2002) of KÜM-IM the consular officer may refuse to legalise translations which require specialized language skills. 


You can submit your application for legalisation either in person (by appointment) or by post. Please note that due to high number of applications the Consulate can prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant within 10 days, as a general rule.
Should you wish to submit your application by post, the consular fee should be sent by Postal Order payable to the ‘Embassy of Hungary’. Please make sure to include a self-addressed, pre-paid return envelope, as well as a cover note with your phone number or e-mail address. (We recommend that documents are sent to us by recorded or special delivery. We also recommend that documents are returned to you by the same means – please include a pre-paid recorded/special delivery self-addressed envelope.)

Please note that during the legalisation procedure the original document should be attached to the translation. In case you do not want the original (certificate, diploma, etc.) to be attached to the translation you are also required to send a copy of the document. Should you wish to have the copy legalised, as well, please mention it in your cover letter and include the corresponding sum in the Postal Order.

For information about the fees please visit the following link:“Consular fees”.
(Fees vary on the number of pages of the document.)
Applicants should present a valid proof of ID (ID card, passport or driving license) when attending the appointment. If the application is sent by post a copy of proof of ID should be enclosed.

4., Legalisation of copies

Legalisation of a copy: the Consulate legalises the copy the applicant made of an original document, upon presentation of the original.

Certified copy: upon presentation of the original document, the Consulate makes a certified/legalised copy of it.

You can submit your application for legalisation either in person (by appointment) or by post. Please note that due to high number of applications the Consulate can prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant within 10 days, as a general rule.


Should you wish to submit your application by post, the consular fee should be sent by Postal Order payable to the ‘Embassy of Hungary’. Please make sure to include a self-addressed, pre-paid return envelope, as well as a cover note with your phone number or e-mail address. (We recommend that documents are sent to us by recorded or special delivery. We also recommend that documents are returned to you by the same means – please include a pre-paid recorded/special delivery self-addressed envelope.)

For information about the fees please visit the following link:“Consular fees”.
(Fees vary on the number of pages of the document.)
Applicants should present a valid proof of ID (ID card, passport or driving license) when attending the appointment. If the application is sent by post a copy of proof of ID should be enclosed.

II., Legalisation at the Honorary Consuls

1., Appointment

For appointment please contact the Honorary Consuls. Contact details can be found on our website („Honorary Consuls, translators, Notaries Public”).

2., Legalisation of signatures

Legalisation of a signature means that the honorary consul checks the identity of the signatory person but does not take responsibility for the content of the document. The document should be prepared by the applicant in advance. The honorary consul  is not entitled to draw up the document.

The applicant should appear in person at the Honorary Consulate and should present his/her valid passport, ID card or driving licence. Please note that your application will be rejected if you fail to present one of these documents.
In case you would like to sign on behalf of a company (or other organisation) you should contact the Consulate in London!

Honorary Consuls have different authorisation for the legalisation of signatures.
All of the Honorary Consuls  can legalise the signature in the following cases:
• the document is written only in English or
• the document is written in English and in Hungarian.

The Honorary Consul in Liverpool is also authorised to legalise the signature on documents written only in Hungarian.

3., Legalisation of translations
The Honorary Consuls are not authorised to legalise translations.


4., Legalisation of copies

Legalisation of a copy: the Honorary Consula legalises the copy the applicant made of an original document, upon presentation of the original.

Certified copy: upon presentation of the original document, the Honorary Consulate makes a certified/legalised copy of it.

You can submit your application for legalisation in person and and should present your valid passport, ID card or driving licence.

III., Legalisation by Notaries Public


Signatures and copies can be legalised by Notaries Public, as well.  Please note that signatures and copies legalised by Notaries Public can only be accepted in Hungary if  the document is further legalised with Apostille. For further information about Apostille in the UK please visit the following website:  https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
In exceptional cases the seal and the signature of the Notary Public concerned may be legalised by the Conulate, as well (ie. diplomatic legalisation).

If you wish to ask for the assistance of a Notary Public please note that the Consulate can accept legalisations only from those Notaries Public whose sample of seal and signature are in possession of the Consulate. You can find the list of Notaries Public on the website („Honorary Consuls, translators, Notaries Public”).


For diplomatic legalisation you should send the following documents to the Consulate:
• the document(s) on which the seal and the signature of the Notary Public should be legalised;
• copy of your passport, ID card or driving licence;
• Consular fee –(Postal Order payable to the ‘Embassy of Hungary’);
• a self-addressed and stamped (“Special Delivery”) return envelope.