Legalization of documents

  • Authentic documents passed in a foreign country, in accordance with the law of that country, shall be legalized if the signature of the public official is recognized by a Cabo Verdean diplomatic or consular agent in the respective State and the signature of this agent is authenticated with a consular seal respectively.

  • If private documents drawn up outside the country are legalized abroad, legalization has no value until they have obtained the recognition required in the previous paragraph.

  • In the case of documents originating from countries which have signed or adhered to the Haia Convention of October 5, 1961, as established in Decree Law No. 1/2009, of January 19, the legalization of the documents shall be done by an apostille, under the terms of art. 3.º of this Convention.

  • If the document is written in a foreign language it must be accompanied by a corresponding translation. The translation can be done by a Cabo Verdean notary, the Cabo Verde consulate in the country where the document was issued, the consulate of that country in Cabo Verde or by a qualified translator who, under an honor faithful to translation.

Authentication of signatures

The authentication consists of the notarial certification of the authorship of the signature, or the letter and signature, affixed to a private document.

Required documents:

  • Identification document
  • Documents to be authenticated


  • Sworn “rogo”

The fingerprint of the grantor who does not know or cannot sign, recognizing the signature of someone who signs the form.

  • Letter and signature

The document must be drafted and signed in the presence of the consular officer

  • Presential

The signature must be affixed in the presence of the consular officer

  • Resemblance

The signature is authenticated by similarity with the signature on the identification document presented. It can be requested by another person presenting the identification document of the grantor.

Apostille Seal

The Hague agreement that Cabo Verde is part of and concerning the suppression of legalization of foreign public acts by the diplomatic authorities allows the apostille documents to be valid in all the signatory countries of the convention.

The legalization of documents with an apostille can only be requested in Cabo Verde by the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries of the Ministry of Justice or by the Directorate General of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communities. Cabo Verde's diplomatic missions are not competent to affix documents.

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