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When documents issued in Bulgaria are to be used overseas and vice versa they must conform to certain formalities, typically in the form of an accompanying ‘official translation’, which in certain cases requires legalisation. This type of translation is available from companies holding an authorisation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

SOLTRA has signed an agreement with the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in particular with the Legalisation and Certification Department of the Consular Affairs Directorate, under which it translates documents and other papers from Bulgarian into foreign languages and vice versa in compliance with the applicable requirements for legalisation, certification and drawing up of the documents and papers concerned.


Original, notarised copy or duplicate?

The different types of documents carry different requirements. In the case of an official translation, whether a document is submitted in the original, as a copy or duplicate is irrelevant. Legalisation, however, typically requires the original of documents. By way of exception, school and university degrees and diplomas are legalised as notarised copies, which have been attested by the Ministry of Education.

Legalisation is typically a slow process, which can also be costly. This is the reason why it is so important to check what the precise requirements of the foreign country or institution are, i.e. whether a simple translation will do; whether the document has to be signed by a licensed translator; whether it requires an apostille; or all of the above.

You can count on our assistance throughout this process. We will be happy to consult you free of charge and will do our best to meet your deadlines and simplify procedures, within the limits of what can be reasonably achieved in a situation, in order to save you time and unnecessary expenses.

SOLTRA has worked hard to earn the reputation of a trustworthy and dependable partner that clients can fully rely on both in the course of conducting their daily business and in emergencies.


What is legalisation and why do certain documents carry a requirement for legalisation?

Legalisation is the process of verifying the authenticity of an official document issued to be used in another country. The process of legalisation aims at precluding potential document fraud and abuse, i.e. it is a safeguard of the rights of private citizens and companies.

Timeframe for the legalisation of documents by the MFA Consular Service

The timeframe for legalisation depends on the type of the document. Typically, a document will require prior certification by the competent ministry, which means that clients must allow sufficient time for the procedure.

  • Express service – 1 working day
  • Fast service – 2 working days
  • Regular service – 4 working days.

Documents and papers that can be legalized

We can help by saving you time and money with the translation, certification and/or legalisation of the following documents:• Powers of attorney;

  • Birth and baptismal certificates;
  • Marriage certificates;
  • Marital Status certificates;
  • Divorce certificates;
  • Certificates attesting to the identity of individuals following a change in their name;
  • Death certificates;
  • Convictions record certificates;
  • Tax returns; • Court judgments;
  • Income statements;
  • Title Deeds;
  • Secondary Education Degrees;
  • Higher Education Degrees and annexes thereto;
  • Academic records;
  • Certificates issued by tertiary institutions;
  • Medical certificates;
  • Immigration papers;
  • Adoption papers etc.

Fast track to receiving a quote
Contact us by completing an online enquiry/order form, by e-mail or by phone on +359 882486067. It will be our pleasure to give you a quote that is customised to any specific requirements you may have.

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