Aiming for a more prompt notarization system, Brazil has joined as one of the signatory countries of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (“Convention”).
The Convention was approved by the National Congress on July 06, 2015, enacted on January 29, 2016 by the Decree No. 8,660, and will enter into force on August 14, 2016.
The purpose of the Convention is to simplify the international circulation of public documents between Brazil and the other countries that already apply such rules, as it will eliminate the need of the consular legalization process, which will be replaced by the issuance of the “Apostille”.
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