Last update 13.08.2019
The legalisation service of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) issues legalisations and apostilles of signatures from Luxembourg public authorities on documents intended for public authorities of a foreign country.
Any person who needs to have a document issued in Luxembourg legally certified for submission to a foreign authority can use this procedure.
The following documents can be legally certified:
To be legally certified, these documents must be signed (not initialled) by a Luxembourg civil servant, a Luxembourg notary public or a translator certified in Luxembourg.
The legal certification of a document costs EUR 20.
The payment can be made:
If the payment is made directly at the reception desk of the Passport Office, a credit card must be used.
If the applicant opts to pay by wire transfer, the money is to be transferred into the following account: IBAN LU62 1111 3104 0606 0000 BIC code CCPLLULL. The number of legalisations and the date of dispatch must be specified in the communication.
The application for legal certification of Luxembourgish documents must be submitted to the Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office.
The application can be submitted online directly on MyGuichet.lu. This online procedure can be carried out without using LuxTrust authentication.
There are two different legalisation procedures which depend on whether the destination country of the legalised document is party to the Hague Convention or not. In both cases, the legalisation takes the form of an official stamp or printed form affixed to the original document. This can be either:
The Hague Convention which Luxembourg has signed has foreseen that each signatory country waives the requirement for legalisation of documents to be produced on their territory.
View the list of the Hague Convention countries.
In such cases, the legal certification is not necessary. The documents only need to be affixed with an apostille.
The apostille attests to:
Two member countries may also bilaterally agree to dispense with the apostille procedure.
The apostille is drafted in French only.
In this case, the legal certification of the document will be carried out according to the normal procedure.
The legalisation of signatures is in French only.
Documents to be legally certified must be:
If sent by post, the applicant must also provide a self-addressed stamped envelope (with Luxembourg stamps).
The country for which the documents are intended must be specified when completing the application at the reception desk, or specified in the posted document.
If the payment was made by wire transfer, a copy of the transfer statement should be included with the application.
Legal certification takes 2-3 business days, regardless of the means of payment.
Documents which have been signed electronically (i.e. extracts from the company register) have to be submitted electronically with the online procedure made available on MyGuichet.lu.
The Passport, Visa and Legalisation Office at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs will print the documents submitted electronically and attach a legal certification stamp or an apostille to them.
As of 16 August 2019, electronically signed documents will no longer be accepted in paper format.