Apostille- a new level of public service delivery in Tajikistan


The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan has completed the process of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents by taking further steps to implement the Convention in Tajikistan.
In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan ?699 as of November 27, 2015 “About Regulations on single rules and conditions of putting down of the apostille on official documents of state bodies of the Republic of Tajikistan” Apostille is put down on the official documents issued by state authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan are the competent authorities implementing Apostille services in the Republic of Tajikistan.
Since October 31, 2015 Republic of Tajikistan officially joined the Hague Apostille Convention. More than 113 States are Contracting States of the above mentioned Convention.
As part of the accession of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Hague Apostille Convention, the Project of a Single Electronic Registry Apostille «e-Apostille» has been implemented. With this system, fully adapted to modern conditions, concerned citizens have the opportunity to quickly verify the authenticity of the origin of the documents through the website www.Apostille.tj. Single Electronic Registry System of Apostilles allowed the competent authorities to automate the process and speed up the procedure for authentication of the origin of the documents.
Electronic Registry enables the authentication of documents anywhere in the world via the Internet, which, in turn, provides security and guarantee on the international level. The new system not only simplifies the procedure of the certificate, but also guarantees the authenticity of origin of the document, for further use of the document abroad.
It should be noted that the Republic of Tajikistan is one of the first countries that launched the newest system – Single Electronic Registry Apostille. At the moment, the system of electronic registry does not operate in all member-states of the Convention.
The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is the preeminent organization in the area of private international law. The HCCH was formed in 1893 to “work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.” It has pursued this goal by creating and assisting in the implementation of multilateral conventions promoting the harmonization of conflict of laws principles in diverse subject matters within private international law. The Conference has developed thirty-eight international conventions since its Statute was completed in 1951.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille (French: certification). It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domesticlaw, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document.
Replacing the traditionally lengthy legalization process with an authentication certificate, the Apostille Convention will help simplify the process of producing official documents abroad and give companies a high degree of legal certainty in cross-border situations.