Issuance of multilingual extracts from civil status records birth certificates marriage certificates and death certificates

Issuance of multilingual extracts from civil status records (bith certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates)

Back in 1976 a group of countries signed the Vienna Convention on the issue of multilingual extracts from civil status. The idea of ​​this Convention, the parties signatory to issue statements /duplicates/ of birth, marriage and death, unless the language of the issuing country and the language of the country in which the document will serve. For example, in Germany a birth certificate could be issued in German and French languages / if the document will be used in France /. So these documents can be used freely in range of countries that signed and adopted the Convention in their domestic laws, without the need for the documents to be legalized and translated, thereby facilitating citizens.

On 17.12.2013 Republic of Bulgaria became a member state of the Convention, with which has undertaken the obligation to apply the rules for the issuance of the multilingual extracts /duplicates/ of birth, marriage and death. These documents can now be issued in Bulgarian language and in the language of the country where the document will serve (be used). Moreover, our country is obliged to recognize in its territory such documents issued by another Member State of the Convention. By Decision №528/05.09.2013 of the Council of Ministers have approved and established forms of multilingual extracts samples. These statements have the same probative force and have effect in the territories of other Member States without the need for legalization.

Parties participating and adopting this Convention are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands (its European territory), Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

The list of the countries participating and adopting this Convention is changing due to the political and government position of the different countries, so the form of the certificates and the way of their issuance have to be checked separately for each country.

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