State duty to be collected in Tajikistan for putting the apostille seal

09/10/2015 15:27
Avaz Yuldoshev
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DUSHANBE, October 9, 2015, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan’s lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament on October 9 endorsed amendments proposed by the government to laws on state duty, public associations, other compulsory payments to the budget, registration of acts of civil status, and state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, as well as to the country’s tax code.

Speaking at the session, Deputy Foreign Minister, Parviz Davlatzoda, noted that the amendments had been made to the mentioned laws in connection with Tajikistan’s accession to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, commonly known as Apostille Convention.

State duty will be collected for putting the apostille seal, the deputy foreign minister noted.    

We will recall that Tajikistan presented the document on accession to the Apostille Convention to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) on February 2015.   

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 domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document.

Replacing the traditionally lengthy legalization process with an authentication certificate, the Apostille Convention helps simplify the process of producing official documents abroad and give companies a high degree of legal certainty in cross-border situations.

In February 2009 the Hague Conference decided to amend the wording on the Apostille to make it clear that no one was checking whether the document being attested was genuine or a fake. The new wording to be used was as follows.  “This Apostille only certifies the signature, the capacity of the signer and the seal or stamp it bears.  It does not certify the content of the document for which it was issued.”



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