Apostille (legalisation) o public documents
By accessing Mexico to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, since 14 August 1995 Mexican public documents and those of the member States to the aforementioned Convention do not require legalisation, but do a certification known as "apostille", in order that they can have effects among them. For non-member countries, the legalisation of public documents is still required. In order to know which countries are member States and non-member States to the aforementioned Convention and competent authorities for the apostille certification press on the link above.
Apostille of British Public Documents.
Since (22/01/1965) the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is part of the convention, all British public documents must be apostilled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). For private documents, like academic certificates, medical certificates and translations, in order that they can be apostilled at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, they should firstly be authenticated by a solicitor or a notary public.
From 1 April 2011 the FCO is closing their public counters and will only accept applications received by post. For more information please contact: The Legalisation Office
Apostille of Mexican Public Documents
1. The "apostille" of Mexican Public Documents must be done by the following Mexican authorities:1. For federal public documents, the office in charge is the following: Coordinación General Política con Poderes de la Unión de la Secretaría de Gobernación
Coordinación General Política con Poderes de la Unión
Río Amazonas 62, interior Piso 3
Código postal: 06500, México, D.F.
Teléfono(s): 509 33 226 extensión 35010, 509 33 200
Fax:509 33 222 For more information press here.
2. For state Public documents
a) Documents issued by the government of Mexico City: Dirección General Jurídica y de Estudios Legislativos del Departamento del Distrito Federal
b) For Documents issued by state governments: Secretaría or Dirección General de Gobierno del Estado
In order to find the apostille competent authorities in each state and the Federal Disctrict, it is recommended:
a) to visit the Secretaría de Gobernación.
b) to visit the website of Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
The cited convention does not apply:
a) to documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents;
b) to administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operations.