Recognition of official documents between EU countries will be significantly simplified soon

On 16 February 2019, an EU regulation will come into effect, repealing the requirement for a higher certification of authenticity, especially apostillation, for certain public documents issued in another EU Member State.

The regulation applies to personal status documents such as birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, documents confirming divorce, parenthood, residence, nationality, absence of criminal records, etc.

In the future, it will not be necessary for these documents to be provided with an apostille, which is, for example, in the Czech Republic only issued by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively, but their submission in another EU Member State will require just simple public certification, which can be easily obtained, for example, at Czech POINT in the Czech Republic.

Another simplification brought by the regulation concerns translations of these public documents. The regulation introduces a multilingual standard form for certain public documents. The model of this form in all official EU languages ​​is annexed to the regulation.