Consular legalization is a type of legalization of documents for submission to official institutions of states, which are not members of the Hague Convention.

Consular legalization is a type of legalization of documents for submission to official institutions of states, which are not members of the Hague Convention. Consular legalization, comparing to apostille, is a multistage procedure performed consecutively in several various establishments, such as Ministry of Justice of the RF, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the RF, consulate of a designation state in the Russian Federation. At every stage, an official’s signature and a seal of the establishment, where such official is employed, are certified.
As a rule, non-commercial documents (personal documents) undergo the following legalization stages:
notarization of a copy from the document;
notarization of a translator’s signature on the document translation;
certification of a Notary’s signature and seal in the RF Ministry of Justice;
certification of the official’s signature and a seal of the Ministry of Justice in the RF Ministry for Foreign Affairs;
submission of documents to the consulate or embassy of the corresponding state directly for legalization of the document.
Commercial documents (as a rule, related to foreign economic affairs, such as documents of title, invoices, bills of lading, contracts), undergo the following stages of legalization:
affixation of the mark of the RF Chamber of Commerce;
submission of documents to the consulate or embassy of the corresponding state directly for legalization of the document.
The document, which underwent all stages of legalization and is certified by a mark of the consulate of the appropriate state, will have legal force only at the territory of this country.
List of states requiring consular legalization
 Brazil 
Costa Rica
 Egypt 
 Kuwait 
 Jordan 
 ARE 
 Iraq 
Saudi Arabia
 Iran 
 Syria 
 Canada
 Taiwan 
 Qatar 
 Uruguay 
 China (main part of provinces) 
 Philippines

Consular legalization, comparing to apostille, is a multistage procedure performed consecutively in several various establishments, such as Ministry of Justice of the RF, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the RF, consulate of a designation state in the Russian Federation. At every stage, an official’s signature and a seal of the establishment, where such official is employed, are certified.

As a rule, non-commercial documents (personal documents) undergo the following legalization stages:
notarization of a copy from the document;

notarization of a translator’s signature on the document translation;

certification of a Notary’s signature and seal in the RF Ministry of Justice;certification of the official’s signature and a seal of the Ministry of Justice in the RF Ministry for Foreign Affairs;submission of documents to the consulate or embassy of the corresponding state directly for legalization of the document.

Commercial documents (as a rule, related to foreign economic affairs, such as documents of title, invoices, bills of lading, contracts), undergo the following stages of legalization:

affixation of the mark of the RF Chamber of Commerce;

submission of documents to the consulate or embassy of the corresponding state directly for legalization of the document.

The document, which underwent all stages of legalization and is certified by a mark of the consulate of the appropriate state, will have legal force only at the territory of this country.

List of states requiring consular legalization

Brazil 
Costa Rica 
Egypt  
Kuwait  
Jordan  
ARE  
Iraq 
Saudi Arabia 
Iran  
Syria  
Canada 
Taiwan  
Qatar  
Uruguay  
China (main part of provinces)  
Philippines