Certification of document authenticity (legalisation) is the verification of the signature and the seal/ stamp on a document. Legalisation is performed by a responsible institution of the issuing country in order for the documents issued in one country to be recognized as valid in another one. Legalisation also implies confirmation of the legal status and the authority of the signatory.
The signatures or seals/ stamps of public officials on certain documents have to be legalized before those documents can be accepted abroad. For example, if you would like to get married or begin employment abroad, several documents (such as the birth or education certificates) may need to be legalised.
The responsible institution that deals with the legalisation of documents issued in the United Kingdom is the Legalisation Office.
The Legalisation Office
Norfolk House (West)
437 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH,
Phone: 01908 295 111
The responsible institution that deals with the legalisation of documents issued in Latvia is the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Elizabetes iela 57
Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 67 015 905
Certification with apostille of documents issued in Latvia is carried out by sworn notaries.