Australian Embassy
Spain
Andorra and Equatorial Guinea

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Apostilles

Apostille of The Hague (Apostilla de la Haya)

Australia and Spain are co-signatories to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents, which allows for the simplification of the formal authentication process for public documents.

The Australian Embassy in Madrid can issue Apostille on original Australian public documents. Please note that the Embassy will take up to 48 hours to issue an Apostille.

Documents presented for an Apostille at the Embassy in Madrid must be originals, unless certified and sealed by an Australian notary public. Authentications or certified copies cannot be issued with an Apostille, except copies of Australian Passports and original Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (PDF).

For further information on whether your document needs to be first certified and sealed by an Australian notary public, or by the issuing authority in Australia, please visit information on the Apostille of The Hague.

The Apostille stamp can either be obtained in person at the Embassy (by appointment only) or by mail.

Please note a fee will be charged for this service.

 

Witnessing Signatures on Documents

Australian Embassy consular officers are able to witness signatures on documents.

Witnessing signatures may only be performed in person at the Embassy.  An appointment for this service is essential. You will be asked to present the unsigned document and provide original identity documents, such as your passport or driver’s licence.

Please note a fee will be charged for this service.

 

Certifying Photocopies of Documents

Australian Embassy consular officers are able to certify photocopies of documents, in either English or Spanish, confirming that the photocopy is a true copy of an original document sighted.

This service may be obtained either

- in person at the Embassy. An appointment for this service is essential and you will need to bring the original document to be photocopied; or  

- via mail by sending the original document(s) to be certified via registered mail or courier to the Consular Section at this Embassy. Please attach a note to the document(s) indicating you require a certified copy with your full return address, (including postcode) and a mobile telephone number for us to return the original document(s) and certified copy via courier. You will need to enclose the confirmation of payment for both the certified copies and the return courier. 

Please note that a fee will be charged for this service. 

 

Affidavits (Affirmations or Oaths)

An Affidavit is a written statement that allows the person making it (the 'deponent') to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings.

Witnessing signatures on Affidavits may only be performed in person at the Embassy.

Only a diplomatic officer can witness signatures on Affidavits. An appointment for this service is essential. You will be asked to present the unsigned document and provide original identity documents, such as your passport or driver’s licence.

Please note a  fee will be charged for this service.