As indicated on the website there are different alternatives to have a signature legalized on a contract or other official documents, therefore, it is advisable to contact the relevant office in Hungary concerning the preferred and accepted method prior to submit a request.

In order for a document to be accepted by a Hungarian authority, you need to legalize your signature on it.

Attention!
Legalization of a signature means that the consul establishes the veracity of the signature only, and not the content of the document, for which the Consular Section bears no responsibility. The document will have to be drawn up by yourself in advance. We are unable to assist you in drawing up or typing out the document.

 

1. Legalization of signature in a Hungarian representation in the USA

In order to legalize your signature, you need to come in person, present a valid identification document with photo (such as your passport, driver's license, residence permit) and sign the document in front of the consul.

 

2. "Apostille" authentication by a Secretary of State (see list of Secretary of States)

Hungary and the United States of America are member states of The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

A document having an "Apostille" will be directly accepted in Hungary without needing any further authentication by a Hungarian representation. You can have your signature legalized by any public notary, then ask your local Secretary of State to attach to the document the "Apostille" authentication.

I., Legalisation at the Consulate

1., Appointment:
 

Please send your request via e-mail message to the following address: consulate.los@mfa.gov.hu for appointment.

2., Legalisation of signatures

There are two ways to have your signature legalised by the Consular Section of the Consulate General of Hungary in Los Angeles:
• you sign the document in the presence of the consul; or
• you recognise the signature on the document as yours in the presence of the consul.
Legalisation of a signature means that the consul checks the identity of the signatory person but does not take responsibility for the content of the document. The document should be prepared by the applicant in advance. The Consulate is not entitled to draw up the document. Should you need more copies of the legalised document, same day service cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, the legalised documents are returned via post within 10 calendar days. Information on the expected timeline can be provided at the time of the application. In order to avoid any inconvenience you are kindly requested to inform the consulate in advance on the number of the documents to be signed (consulate.los@mfa.gov.hu)  

The applicant should appear in person at the Consulate and should present his/her valid passport, ID card or driving licence. Please note that your application will be rejected if you fail to present one of these documents.

In case you would like to sign on behalf of a company (or other organisation) you should present the certificate of incorporation of the company. Certificate of incorporation shall have been issued within the previous 30 days.


3., Legalisation of translations

The Consulate legalises translations English to Hungarian and Hungarian to English if the translation (prepared by a translator or by the applicant) should be used in Hungary and forms part of a consular procedure. The Consulate does not prepare translations (except for Certificate of good character).

 If you need an official translation that should be used in Hungary but does not form part of a consular procedure you should contact the Hungarian Office for Translation and Attestation Ltd (http://www.offi.hu/en).

You should submit the original document together with the translation.
In accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of Regulation 1/2002 (23. January 2002) of KÜM-IM the consular officer may refuse to legalise translations which require specialized language skills. 


You can submit your application for legalisation either in person (by appointment) or by post. Please note that due to high number of applications the Consulate can prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant within 10 days, as a general rule.
Should you wish to submit your application by post, the consular fee should be sent by money order. Please make sure to include a self-addressed, pre-paid return envelope, as well as a cover note with your phone number or e-mail address.

Please note that during the legalisation procedure the original document should be attached to the translation. In case you do not want the original (certificate, diploma, etc.) to be attached to the translation you are also required to send a copy of the document. Should you wish to have the copy legalised, as well, please mention it in your cover letter and include the corresponding sum in the Postal Order.

Applicants should present a valid proof of ID (ID card, passport or driving license) when attending the appointment. If the application is sent by post a copy of proof of ID should be enclosed.

4., Legalisation of copies

Legalisation of a copy: the Consulate legalises the copy the applicant made of an original document, upon presentation of the original.

Certified copy: upon presentation of the original document, the Consulate makes a certified/legalised copy of it.

You can submit your application for legalisation either in person (by appointment) or by post. Please note that due to high number of applications the Consulate can prepare the legalisation and post it to the applicant within 10 days, as a general rule.


Should you wish to submit your application by post, the consular fee should be sent by money order. Please make sure to include a self-addressed, pre-paid return envelope, as well as a cover note with your phone number or e-mail address. Applicants should present a valid proof of ID (ID card, passport or driving license) when attending the appointment. If the application is sent by post a copy of proof of ID should be enclosed.