Apostilling Documents in Panama

The apostille is an official procedure that certifies the authenticity of the signature of a public official exercising their functions, ensuring that the document is accepted and recognized in countries that are part of the Hague Convention.

Apostilling a document is essential for those who need to use it abroad, whether for studying, working, legal procedures, or any other purpose. Without the apostille, a document may be considered invalid or not carry the same legal weight abroad, leading to inconvenience and delays in processes.

Apostille Process in Panama

The apostille process in Panama consists of several steps, including:

Prior Notarization of the Document

Before apostilling a document in Panama, it is necessary to obtain prior notarization of the document. Notarization involves certifying the authenticity of the signature on the document by a notary public.

Obtaining the Apostille

The apostille is an official seal that certifies the authenticity of the signature of the public official who has legalized the document. This seal is internationally recognized and eliminates the need for additional legalization by foreign consulates.

In Panama, the apostille process is carried out almost 80% through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIRE). It starts by filling out the online application form, where the applicant must also upload the document to be apostilled in PDF format and any additional documents (if necessary).

Subsequently, the progress of the procedure will continue via email. The correspondence department of the MIRE will send via email the code assigned to the document subject to apostille, as well as the password generated by the system. This information is essential for tracking the apostille request sent.

Apostille Process in Panama
Apostille Process in Panama

Documents Eligible for Apostille

In Panama, various types of documents can be apostilled. Below are some of the most common ones:

Types of Documents Eligible for Apostille

Types of documents eligible for apostille in Panama include, but are not limited to:

  • Birth certificates.
  • Marriage certificates.
  • Death certificates.
  • Notarial powers of attorney.
  • Academic diplomas.
  • Study certificates.
  • Certificates of criminal records (police record).

Costs and Fees

According to official information provided on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIRE) website, the current cost of the apostille or certification process is B/. 2.00. 2.00. However, this should be added to the stamp duty, which varies depending on the type of document, for example:

  • The stamp duty for criminal records = B/. 7.00. 7.00.
  • The stamp duty for original university diplomas = Exempt.
  • The stamp duty for original birth, marriage, and death certificates = B/. 3.00. 3.00.

If you want to know the updated value of the stamp duty for apostilling other documents not mentioned here, we recommend visiting the following link directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website https://mire.gob.pa/tarifario-de-tramites-y-timbres/.

Accepted Payment Methods

Payments for procedures and stamp duties must be made exclusively through the National Bank of Panama. Subsequently, the bank receipts must be presented to the Authentication Department; only in this way will they be valid for processing the request.

Documents Eligible for Apostille
Documents Eligible for Apostille

Apostille Service Points

On the day of your appointment for apostille, you must go to the assigned headquarters with all the documents scanned during your application and the respective bank receipts to complete the process.

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