Credentials

Power of Attorney, Legalisation and Civil Status

Authentification of Documents

  1. Original document to be authenticated;
  2. A complete and accurate photocopy of the document;
  3. A photocopy of the bank transfer receipt;
  4. A stamped, addressed envelope for the return of documents.

The authentification will take the form of an official signature from German authorities.

* We do not accept responsibility for lost post.

1. What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a certificate authenticating official seals and signatures on public documents.
Previously, in Germany, Austria, Turkey and Poland, Honduran official documents and certificates had to be authenticated first in Honduras before they could be recognised in these countries. These days only the Apostille is needed.

The Apostille is available in countries where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents (The Apostille Convention) is in force. This took effect in Honduras on the 1st of October 2004. It is imperative that under the heading ‘Apostille’, the following sentence is present: “Convention of the Hague, 5th of October 1961.”

2. The Convention is applicable to the following public documents:

  1. Documents from governmental institutions, and public and private higher education centers.
  2. Official certification of private documents, judicial and notarial authentication.

3. The Convention is not applicable to the following public documents:

  1. Documents issued by diplomatic or consular agents.
  2. Administrative documents directly related to customs proceedings or commercial transactions.

- These documents will be authenticated in accordance with the procedures required by the Honduran Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. Process to obtain an Apostille in Honduras

In Honduras
The Honduran Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the authority responsible for issuing Apostilles.
As of 01-10-2004, the Apostille process for authorisation of documents is carried out by the foreign ministry.
Attention: In order to obtain the Apostille, certain documents, for example The National Registry of Persons, require a certificate of validity from the body that issued the document!

In Germany
Ordinarily the relevant authorities should know who is responsible for issuing the Apostille. If they are unable to help, the Office of Justice Administration (Justizverwaltung) or the regional Office of Civil Registration, (Standesamtaufsicht des Bezirks) should be contacted.
The Consular Section of the Honduran Embassy is unable to guarantee the validity of this information, as it is likely to change.

Certificate of no Impediment:

  1. Original Birth Certification.
  2. Photocopy of the applicant's personal documents.
  3. A stamped, addressed envelope for the return of documents.*
  4. Photocopy of the payment receipt.

* We do not accept responsibility for lost post.

GENERAL OR SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY:

  1. Original documents belonging to the person granting power of attorney.
  2. Photocopies of the personal documents belonging to the person who is being granted power of attorney.
  3. A draft of the text for the power of attorney, which should contain the following information:
  4. The full name of the person who is being granted the general or special power of attorney, in addition to their personal details: nationality, marriage status, and address.
  5. If power of attorney is being granted to a legal professional, their professional ID number and the address of the firm for whom they work is also required.
  6. The reason power of attorney is needed.
  7. A photocopy of the payment receipt.
  8. This must be done in person at the consular office in Berlin, Germany.