How to prepare and use official and private documents issued in a foreign country
In the course of preparing for the establishment of a business in Korea,
Entrepreneur “W” learned that there are some official and
private documents that he must prepare in his country.
Those documents require
the apostille certification to be used in Korea.
Official and private documents
Official documents refer to documents prepared and communicated
internally or externally by the central government, municipal governments,
administrative agencies, and public agencies for business purposes with legal effect.
On the other hand, private documents are prepared by individuals,
as opposed to central or local governments. They do not necessarily carry legal effect,
but are notarized in some cases to ensure the reliability of their content.
Preparation of official documents
Official documents issued in a foreign country require the apostille
certification in order to be used in Korea, and documents from
non-Apostille Convention signatories must be notarized and
certified by the Korean Consulate in the foreign country concerned.
Apostille-certified documents carry the same effect as
official documents in Korea.
Preparation of private documents
Private documents issued in other countries for official use to
establish a business in Korea also require the apostille certification.
Documents for use should be notarized by a quality notary in the foreign country
and attested with the Apostille.
If the country is a non-Apostille Convention signatory,
the documents must be certified by the Korean Consulate
in the foreign country concerned.
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