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Апости́ль / Apostille Attestation in Kazakhstan

Apostille (French: apostille) is an international standardized form of filling in information about the legality of a document for presentation on the territory of countries that recognize this form of legalization. Apostilles can only be issued for documents issued in a country that is a party to the Apostille Convention and to be used in another country that is also a party to the Convention.

Апостиль в Казахстане


An apostille can be affixed on both - on original document and a notarized copy or notarized translation.

Most often citizens of Kazakhstan need to put Apostille on:
  • Apostille on diploma and education documents;
  • Apostille on birth certificate;
  • Apostille on marriage certificate;
  • Apostille on death certificate;
  • Apostille on power of attorney, consent, statement;
  • Apostille on certified translation of documents;
  • Apostille on копию driver's license (except for international driver's licenses);
  • Apostille on certificates and references;
  • Apostille on employment records;
  • Apostille on original court decisions, extracts from decisions, execution of courts;
  • Apostille on "Certificate of no criminal record" issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • Apostille on documents of legal entities of the Republic of Kazakhstan certified by the registration authority (charters, registration certificates, tax registration, etc.);
  • Apostille on a notarized copy of the driver's license;

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 545 dated April 24, 2001, the following state bodies are defined as organizations with the authority to affix an apostille:

  • Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan- Committee on Archives and Documentation Management National State Book Chamber;
  • Committee on Judicial Administration under the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan;


In Kazakhstan, the apostilized document bears a standard quadrangular stamp in the state, English and French languages with the seal of the authorized state body is affixed to the apostilled document.

It does not matter what language the document is translated from and into. Once the translation is done, it can be apostilled and then used abroad.

In rare cases, a double apostille may be required. In this case, the first stamp is affixed to the original or notarized copies. Then the documents are translated into the required language, after which the second stamp is placed on the certified translation. Among the countries requiring a double apostille are: France, England, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal and some others. This procedure significantly complicates and lengthens the process of translation and affixing apostille stamps.

The apostille can be made both in one of the official languages of the Convention (French or English) and in the national language of the State that has issued the apostille. In practice, the inscriptions on the apostille are often duplicated in two languages (one of the languages of the Convention and the State language).

Apostille on documents of diplomatic and consular institutions

You will not be able to put an Apostille on documents of diplomatic and consular institutions, on commercial correspondence, on documents directly related to commercial or customs authorities (powers of attorney and invoices for the movement of goods across the border, contracts for the supply of goods and the provision of services, on the performance of works and settlements on them, etc.). All of the above documents are legalized in Almaty through the consulate.

If an apostille stamp is needed for documents of a state that is not on the list of countries that participated in the 1961 Convention, consular legalization will be required for them.