Legal Services

  1. Authentication Process
  2. Power of Attorney
  3. Authentication of Diplomas and Transcripts

1. Authentication Process

Examples of documents that can be authenticated:

Birth Certificate

Divorce Certificate

Single status Certificate

Criminal Record Certificate/Police Clearance Report

Death Certificate

Employment Certificate

Health certificate

Marriage certificate

Powers of Attorney

Proof of income/ Salary Certificate

Trademark Registry

Certificate of Free Sale

For any additional document authentication, please contact the Consulate.

Note: Costa Rica is a party to the “Hague Apostille Convention” and therefore we accept Apostilles.

In order to obtain the authentication/legalization of your document, please follow the following procedure:

  1. Identify the authority/state by which the document was issued.
  2. Identify the Consulate with jurisdiction over the state where the document was issued.

Prior to sending the document to the Consulate, please identify the type of document:

a) Public documents: issued by a Governmental authority;

b) Private documents: issued by anybody else.

  1. Private documents should first be notarized/certified by a Public Notary from the state where the document was issued. The signature of the Notary Public should be further authenticated from the state (Consular Affairs Section of MOFA) where the document was issued.
  2. Public documents do not need to be certified by a Notary Public/Issuing Authority Ministry, but should always be authenticated by the Consular Affairs Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from where the document was issued, before sending them to the Consulate.
  3. Mail/present the document to the Consulate of Costa Rica for its authentication.

Processing Time: once the document is received at the Consulate, granted that the document complies with all requirements stated above, it will normally be processed in one week (this may vary depending on the document, please verify with Consular staff). Once the document authenticated, it must be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica to authenticate the signature of the Consul

2. Power of Attorney

There are two different types of procedures, depending on the content of the power of attorney:

  1. The authentication of an existent power of attorney
  2. The assigning a new power of attorney in the Consul’s log book.

Please contact your attorney in Costa Rica to help you understand which the applicable procedure in your case is.

Processing time: It can take up to a week.

Once the power of attorney is issued, it must be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica to authenticate the signature of the consul and depending on the type of power, it must also be taken to the National Registry.

3.Authentication of Diplomas and Transcripts

If you have studied in Qatar and require that your documents be recognized by the Costa Rican academic authorities or by a university, school or other institution in Costa Rica, your diplomas and certificates of grades should be authenticated by the Consulate.

To authenticate your documents, please comply with the following procedure:

  1. For certification of grades, the public notary of the school, high school or university must write a note in the back of the document stating: “I certify that this is an official document and that each signature on it is authorized.”
  2. For diplomas, the public notary of the school, college or university must write a note on the back of the document, stating: “I certify that this document is a true copy of the diploma awarded by the University (or Institute or School) of … and that the signatures that appear in this document have been properly authorized.”
  3. Once the document has been notarized by the public notary, it must be authenticated by the Supreme Education Council and the Consular Affairs Department of MOFA.
  4. Once the previous steps are completed, the document must be sent for authentication to the Consulate of Costa Rica.
  5. In Costa Rica the document should be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship in order to authenticate the signature of the Consular Official.