Legalisation of Documents

The Legalisation Unit aims to provide a quick and reliable service to all clients who require official documents to be legalised.


Types of Documents

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion legalises:

  • Original documents that have been issued by Public Entities in Malta such as the Public Registry, Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), the Malta Police Force, and the University of Malta amongst others;
  • Copies of documents which are notarised as being true copies of originals by Public Notaries and Lawyers who are duly registered with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion;
  • Translations: endorsement of translated documents will be carried out only if the translator's signature is registered with the Ministry.



While according to Article 1(b) of The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents (1961) legalisation shall not apply to both commercial and business documents, the latter will only be legalised/apostilled on the premise that this is so required by the receiving state. If the above applies the following procedure should be followed:


  • Commercial documents will be legalised/apostilled upon receipt of the original document signed and stamped by an MFSA official registered with MFTP;

  • Business documents will only be legalised/apostilled if the document is notarised by a legal practitioner, a certified public accountant or an auditor registered with the Ministry.


Official documents that require legalisation must always contain an original signature of a person based in Malta and registered with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion. Documents will be legalised once the signature has been matched with the original signature available at the Ministry’s database.

Although the Ministry has a database of signatories at its end, details of signatories cannot be divulged to the public, as the purpose of the registration is ONLY to compare signatures before legalising of documents.


Once the authenticity of the signature has been ascertained, the document will be legalised through the affixation of either an Apostille certificate or a Legalisation certificate.


Documents destined for countries that have not signed The Hague Convention on the recognition of Apostille certificates will require a Legalisation certificate from the Ministry.


Subsequently, this would have to be counter-legalised by a representative of the country where the document is intended for presentation. It is to be noted that counter-legalisations are done at various embassies and consulates in Malta.  In the absence of a diplomatic representation in Malta, documents need to be sent by the client to the Embassy accredited to Malta abroad.


Clients living abroad who need their Maltese documents apostilled / legalised are to contact the Legalisation Office for more information on the details below.


Fees and Methods of Payment


A fee of €20.00 per document is charged. However, in the cases of personal documents such as certificates issued from the Public Registry or University, a fee of €12.00 per document is charged. Payment may be effected either by cheque payable to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, in cash or alternatively by debit/credit card.


Adoption documents


Adoption documents are legalised free of charge upon presentation of a covering letter issued from the Adoption Agency.

Registering a signature


New registration of signatures will have a validity period of three (3) years, starting from the date of first registration. A month before the expiry of this term, each signatory will be notified by an email to renew his/her application unless they wish to have the registered signature removed from the Ministry’s database. Failing to renew the registration, signatories will no longer be recognised for Apostille/Legalisation purposes.

Should a professional or any other designated person desire to have their signature registered with the Ministry, they should fill in the Specimen Signature Form. The form can be downloaded by clicking here.


The following documentation must be presented upon submission of the application form:


  • Lawyers & Notaries – Covering letter, copy of warrant and copy of ID Card. If the person will be signing documents on behalf of the company, the application form should include a covering letter with the company’s letterhead, and signed by the Head of the Company.
  • Public Certified Accountants & AuditorsCovering letter, copy of warrant and copy of ID Card.  If the person will be signing documents on behalf of the company, the application form should include a covering letter with the company’s letterhead, and signed by the Head of the Company.
  • Heads of Schools – Covering letter and copy of ID Card. 
  • Heads of International Schools – Covering letter, copy of ID Card and Certificate issued from the Ministry for Education and Employment.
  • Consuls / DiplomatsOriginal Note Verbale and copy of Diplomatic Card.
  • Government Officials – Covering letter from direct superior and copy of ID Card.
  • Translators – Covering letter, a degree related to linguistics/translation, and a copy of ID Card. If the person will be signing documents on behalf of the company, the application form should include a covering letter with the company’s letterhead, and signed by the Head of Company.

It is imperative to note that the Ministry will reserve the right to refuse any application for registration of signatures if the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements referred to above.

Service of Excellence

The Legalisation Unit is committed to a high level of client service. The Unit ensures that clients are:

  • treated with courtesy and respect;
  • assisted in the shortest possible time;
  • given clear and helpful information;
  • answered helpfully and effectively in the event of a complaint.


You can help us provide you with a better service by: 

  • checking in which country the documents will be used;
  • providing us with a translation done in Malta when the documents need to be translated;
  • ensuring that the copies have been notarised, if the documents are copies.

Feedback and Complaints


Your complete satisfaction is essential to us. If you are not satisfied with our service, you are invited to call at the offices to discuss your complaint, or get in touch by post, by phone, or by sending us an email on


We treat all feedback confidentially, deal with it promptly, and use it to improve our service.


If you would like to lodge a complaint, it is best first to speak to the person who served you. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you may call at our office or write to the following address:

Document Legalisation Office

Consular Services Directorate

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants' Street,

Valletta VLT 1170


We will acknowledge your complaint promptly and give you a full reply within three (3) working days from date of receipt of the complaint. If for some reason a reply is not possible within three (3) working days, we will inform you and give you an indication of when you should expect a reply.

Opening Hours


Our opening hours are from Monday to Friday

From 08:30hrs to 12:00hrs (for 10 or less documents to legalise).

For more than ten (10) documents, an appointment should be requested at least two (2) working days in advance by calling on +356 2204 2283. Appointments are set between 07:30 and 08:15 or 13:15 and 14.15.

© Government of Malta 2018
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants Street
Valletta, VLT 1171

2124 2191

2123 6604