On August 02, 2017, Law No. 967 was passed, ratifying Bolivia’s formal accession to The Hague Apostille Convention, which will grant legal value to public documents issued in other signatory countries.
The Twelfth Hague Convention Suppressing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents of October 5, 1961, known as Apostille Convention, recognizes the legal effectiveness of a public document issued in another signatory country, without the need of consular legalization.
This international agreement will replace the so-called chain of legalizations, by a simplified procedure, thereby expediting and reducing the costs of the former procedure.
Once the law comes into effect in a period of eight months, a stamp by pertinent authorities will be the only formality required to grant validity to foreign documents.