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Information on Legalization Services (Document Authentication) provided by the Legalization Office, Chiang Mai

The Legalization Office, Chiang Mai, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, provides services of document authentication for three types of certifications: translation; true signature; and true copy of documents issued by Thai government agencies. 

Details are as follows;

1. Certification of translation
1.1 Certification of translation from Thai to English is for the following documents:
- Individual official documents such as birth certificate, death certificate, identification card, alien resident identification card, house registration, certificate of name change, etc.
- Official family documents such as marriage certificate, marriage registration, divorce certificate, divorce registration, adoption registration, certification documents issued by any district offices.
- Other registration documents and documents concerning juristic persons such as registration papers, juristic person papers, business registration, corporation registration, official shareholder list, auditing documents, tax receipt, etc.
- Education documents such as transcript, certificate, diploma, letters certified by schools, etc. Documents issued by private schools/institutes need to be firstly certified by the Ministry of Education; otherwise, the schools/institutes need to provide sample of authorized persons’ signatures before certification to the Legalization Division, Consular Department.     For certification of true copy of education documents, prior authentication by schools or original offices is required.
- Other documents such as permits for labor in foreign countries, driver license, etc.

Step to be taken:
Complete a legalization application form and submit it along with the following required documents:
- Original Thai documents + 1 copy
- Original translation in English
- A copy of Thai Identification Card
- If applying on behalf of another person, power of attorney from the owner of documents and a copy of Thai Identification Cards of both parties must be provided.

1.2 Certification of translation from English to Thai is for the following documents:
- Individual official documents such as birth certificate, identification card, passport, etc.
- Official family documents such as marriage certificate, marriage registration, divorce certification, certified letters, etc.
- Registration paper and documents concerning juristic person such as registration of juristic person, business registration, business certificate, prospectus, etc.
- Education documents such as transcript, certificate, diploma and letter of school certification, etc.

Step to be taken:
Complete a legalization application form and submit it along with following required documents:
- Documents in English issued by any foreign embassies or consulates in Thailand       (if the documents originated in foreign countries, authentication from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and endorsement by any Thai Embassy or Consulate in that country    is required; otherwise, the documents will have to be authenticated by the Embassy or the Consulate of that country in Thailand.)
- Original Thai translation
- A copy of Thai Identification Card
- If submitted by a non-Thai Citizen, please provide the person’s original passport +     1 copy
- If applying on behalf of another person, a power of attorney from the owner of documents and a copy of Thai Identification Cards of both parties must be provided.

1.3 Certification of translation from languages other than English to Thai and from Thai to languages other than English, for example, Dutch, French, German, and Italian, etc. is for the following documents:
- Individual official documents such as birth certificate, identification card, passport, etc.
- Official family documents such as marriage certificate, marriage registration, divorce certification, certified letters, etc.
- Registration paper and documents concerning juristic person such as registration of juristic person, business registration, business certificate, prospectus, etc.
- Education documents such as transcript, certificate, diploma and letter of school certification, etc.

Step to be taken:
Complete a legalization application form and submit it along with following required documents:
- Documents issued by any foreign embassies or consulates in Thailand (if the documents originated in foreign countries, notarization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and endorsement by any Thai Embassy or Consulate in that country is required; otherwise, the documents will have to be attested by the Embassy or the Consulate of that country in Thailand.)
- Original Thai translation (if translated from Dutch, French, German, Italian to Thai, the translation has to be provided by Embassies or Consulates of the country of origin in Thailand.)
- A copy of Thai Identification Card
- If submitted by a non-Thai Citizen, please provide the person’s original passport +     1 copy
- If applying on behalf of another person, a power of attorney from the owner of documents and a copy of Thai Identification Cards of both parties must be provided.
- For documents in Arabic, the Thai translation has to be firstly certified by The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand.

Fee
- 200 baht per document for general documents (processing time is 2 working days after the date of submission)
- For contracts or court documents, 200 baht per document with less than 100 words and 200 baht for each additional 100 words. Any additional words less than 100 will be charged 200 baht.
2. Certification of true signature is for following documents:
2.1 Commercial documents such as invoices, certificates of origin, etc. with authentication firstly obtained from the Ministry of Commerce, the Thai Chamber of Commerce or the Federation of Thai Industries.
2.2 Financial documents, for example, certified financial documents issued by banks and signed by authorized person of the bank.
2.3 Power of attorney (corporation), a person who gives power of attorney has to be a director who has been given authorization and indicated on certified letter issued by the Ministry of Commerce. The person has to sign in front of an authorized officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2.4 Power of attorney (individual), the person has to sign in front of an authorized officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2.5 Other certified letters issued by the related offices, for example, certification of products or clearance. Health certifications issued by private hospitals without samples of signatures at the Legalization Division has to be firstly endorsed by the Medical Council of Thailand.

Steps to be taken:
Complete a legalization application form and submit it along with following required documents:
- The document(s) that needs to be certified.
- A copy of Thai Identification Card or passport of the document holder
- For business documents, please submit along with a certified letter issued by the Ministry of Commerce (valid only if no longer than 6 months from the date of issuance)
- If applying for other person, a power of attorney from the owner of documents and a copy of Thai Identification Cards of both parties must be provided.

Fee 200 baht per document (processing time is 2 working days after the date of submission)  
3. Certification of true copy of documents issued by Thai government agencies is for the following documents:
- Individual official documents such as birth certificate, identification card, passport, etc.
- Official family documents such as marriage certificate, marriage registration, divorce certification, certified letter, etc.
- Registration paper and documents concerning juristic person such as registration of juristic person, business registration, business certificate, prospectus, etc.
- Education documents such as transcript, certificate, diploma and letter of school certification, etc.

Steps to be undertaken :
Complete a legalization application form and submit it along with following required documents:
- The original document (s) + 1 copy
- A copy of Thai Identification Card. If applying on behalf of another person, please provide power of attorney from the owner of documents and a copy of Thai Identification Cards of both parties.

Fee 200 baht per document (processing time is 2 working days after the date of submission) 
For more information, contact us at the Legalization Office, Chiang Mai, Provincial Hall, Chotana Road, Chang Phueak Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai Province, Tel (053) 112-748-50, Fax (053) 112-764  

e-mail:
[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 08.30-16.30 hrs., except public and official holiday