Croatia Apostille Service

Certify documents issued in Croatia for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Croatia for international use
Apostilles in Croatia can be obtained to authenticate official Croatian documents such as birth, death and marriage certificates, university diplomas, criminal record certificates and other official or notarized documents.

Croatian Apostille stamps are issued by the local Municipal Court or Ministry of Justice. Documents required for submission to non-apostille countries must be legalized by the Municipal Court, the Ministry of Justice and then at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, before being submitted to the embassy of the recipient country in Zagreb.

  • Croatian Apostilles are obtained in 2 - 5 business days depending on the location of the Municipal Court.
  • Isarey can assist with obtaining certified copies of Croatian birth, death and marriage certificates for clients requiring apostille authentication in Croatia.

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Croatian Documents that can be authenticated with Apostille Stamps

  • Apostille Croatian Birth, death and marriage certificates

    Birth, death and marriage certificates

    Apostilles for Birth, death and marriage certificates are obtained from the Municipal court in the municipality where the event took place. Marriage certificates issued by religious institutions require previous certification by a Croatian notary.
    Certificates can be obtained from the responsible Obtain digital copies of Croatian birth, death and marriage certificates Croatian Registry OfficeExternal link (opens in new tab)
  • Criminal Record Certificates

    Croatian criminal record certificates must be issued by the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, and contain the signature of an authorised civil servant and the official stamp of the Ministry. Electronic certificates issued through the e-Citizens portal do not contain a handwritten signature or stamp of the Ministry and are not valid for authentication with an Apostille.
    Certificates can be obtained from outside Croatia by applying to your local . Isarey can also obtain certificates from the Ministry of Justice with the applicant's authorization. Please contact us for assistance.
  • Croatian Apostilles

    University Diplomas

    Croatian University diplomas can be authenticated with an Apostille Stamp from the Municipal Court where the university is located.
    Diplomas required for submission to the authorities of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Taiwan and other countries that have not signed up to the Apostille Convention must be certified by the Municipal Court, by the Ministry of Justice and Administration and then by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being submitted to the embassy for attestation (Qatar embassy in Zagreb, UAE embassy in Berlin, Vietnamese embassy in Budapest, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Austria). Diplomas submitted to the embassy of Qatar must be accompanied by separately legalized course transcripts.
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Croatia.
  • Incorporation Documents

    Certify Croatian corporate documents including certificates of incorporation, certificates of good standing, articles of association, board resolutions for use abroad.
  • Trade documents

    Apostille Croatian certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents

Isarey provides document attestation services in Croatia to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Croatian documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Croatia

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Croatian Documents

Croatian documents can be legalized for cross-border use by means of Apostille Certification or Consular Legalization

Apostille Certification

An Apostille Stamp is a simplified procedure of international attestation. When affixed to documents, Apostilles are directly recognised by the authorities of over 120 countries (Signatories of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab)) as certifying the document’s validity, without requiring additional certification.

Since Croatia is a signatory to the convention, Isarey can assist by obtaining Apostille Certification for Croatian documents so that they are valid for official use in other signatory countries, including: NL NetherlandsNetherlands - ES SpainSpain - IT ItalyItaly - PT PortugalPortugal - GR GreeceGreece - CY CyprusCyprus - FR FranceFrance - GB United KingdomUnited Kingdom - SA Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia - US United StatesUnited States - DE GermanyGermany - CN ChinaChina

See additional notes below

Consular Legalization
Consular Legalization is required when a document from Croatia is to be used in a non-signatory country. In this case, following authentication by authorities in Croatia, the document must be certified a second time in Croatia by the embassy representing the country where the document is to be used.

Countries which do not recognise Apostille certification and require consular legalization include: QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam

European Union

Submission within the European Union
Certain Croatian documents do not require Apostilles when they are presented to authorities of other European Union countries (the receiving authority should accept the original or a certified copy).

When applying for certain public documents, a multilingual standard form may be requested to accompany the original. A multilingual standard form must always be issued and signed by a Croatian authority, providing a translation aid designed to help the receiving authority to understand a public document which is in a language not accepted by the receiving EU country.
See: EU Multilingual standard formsExternal link (opens in new tab)

Croatian documents not requiring Apostilles include birth, death, marriage certificates, absence of a criminal record (a clean criminal record of a Croatian citizen), certificates of nationality and residence:
See: Regulation (EU) 2016/1191External link (opens in new tab)

Other Croatian documents, including academic certificates, still require Apostille certification and certified translation to be valid in other EU countries.

Civil status certificates (multilingual extracts from the civil status registers)
Croatian birth, marriage and death certificates) issued in accordance with the conventions of the International Commission on Civil and Civil Status should not require Apostille Stamps when being submitted to one of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

Certified Translation

Where Croatian documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Croatia Document Resources

External resources and news about Croatian documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Croatia Document Resources
Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates
Registry offices in Croatia
Registry offices in Croatia
Digital copies of Croatian birth, death and marriage certificates can be obtained from the local Registry Office in Croatia.
Criminal Record Certificates
Criminal record certificates
Criminal record certificates
If the police background check is required abroad or by an international organisation needs to be legalised by an Apostille certificate, the criminal record certificate must be requested at the headquarters of the Ministry only, in order for the certificate to contain the signature of an authorised civil servant and the official stamp of the Ministry. Police certificates can also be obtained by applying to your nearest Embassies of the Republic of Croatia in the world Croatian embassyExternal link (opens in new tab).
Notary Services
Find a notary in Croatia
Find a notary in Croatia
Find a notary in Croatia (in Croatian)
Croatia Document News
Fancy Getting Your Croatian Driving License or Passport Digitally
Ever been standing in line at MUP and wondering if maybe, just maybe there could be a better way of getting administrative tasks such as applying for a new Croatian driving license or passport done

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

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