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Attestation and Certification

From 1 January 2007 it has become easier to have your documents legalised. On 1 January 2007 Denmark acceded to the Hague Apostille Convention of 5 October 1961. This means that it has become simpler for citizens and companies to have public documents legalised for use abroad.

Previously, a document had to go through three or four legalisations by various authorities, today in most cases a single legalisation (a special Apostille stamp) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sufficient.

When a document has been endorsed with an Apostille, it is in most cases no longer necessary to have another legalisation at the embassy of the country in question. However, often the U.S. authorities require a translation and verification of an official Danish document from the Embassy of Denmark. Please note that the embassy only provides translations of official documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, drivers licenses, etc. Other documents, such as exam certificates and letters from the Danish government or legal offices, are referred to authorized translators.

For further information, please contact the embassy at +1 202-234-4300 or

Also see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website re. Legalisation/certification.