Embassy of Costa Rica in Canada - documents

By: Embassy Of Costa Rica In Canada  09-12-2011
Keywords: Notary Publics

According to our legislation, Costa Rican consuls act as Notary Publics and have the faculty to declare and sign many legal documents such as Power of Attorneys, affidavits, celebration of marriages, legalization of documents, authentications and more. If you have a question or need any other legal document not included below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A Power of Attorney is a legal document where an authorized person grants a mandate to a representative. There are different types of Powers, depending of the necessities and faculties delegated to the representative:

1) Especial, Especialisimo y General Judicial.
2) General y Generalisimo.

Fees:

1) Powers issued before the Consul of Costa Rica.

 a)Especial, Especialisimo and General Judicial ----> US $100.
 b) General or Generalisimo ---------------------------------->US $100.

2) Authentication, ratification, revocation or confirmation of
either document described above ---------------------------->US $50.

3) Authentication of a Power issued in order to register a trademark in
Costa Rica, authentication of trademark from the country of origin, or
Authentication of certification of an inexistent trademark ->US $80.

If the power is meant to authorize the sale of a property, you should also present the original and photocopies of the property deed. In order to assist you better, please contact us or request an appointment to discuss the terms of any specific power.

All legalization of Power of Attorney, other than “Label and Trademarks” areas: Consular fees are ______________________US $ 40

In order to obtain the Authentication of documents issued in Canada, you must complete the following procedures:

1) Some legal documents need a previous authentication from an appropriate Canadian authority, before being certified by the Consulate. Please verify if your document needs a pre-authentication, according to the following information:

a) Documents issued by current Government officials whose signatures are presently on file, can be directly legalized by the Consulate without needing to be sent to the Foreign Affairs Department. (Please call the Embassy to consult if we have the signature in question on file).
b) Outdated documents issued by former government officials need a pre-authentication by the Authentication and Service of Document Office at Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa at 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ONT, K1A 0G2, ph: (613)994-4000.
c) Documents signed only by a representative of a private entity or corporation in which case, the signature has to be pre-authenticated by a Notary Public or a Government Official such as the Provincial Cabinet Secretary or a Commissioner of Oath.
d) Certification fees: US$40 payable by deposit to the Bank of Montreal, account No. 0005-4608-520, Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services, please enclose the original and a copy of the receipt with the documents.


2) Consular Authentication

Once pre-authenticated according to points b) and c), or verified the direct authentication with our office a), please send your original document and a copy, including a self-addressed and pre-paid registered or courier envelope to one of our Consulates in Canada (see contact information).

This process takes up to three working days.

3) Authentication by the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Jose

Finally, the interested party or its representative must take the document(s) to the Authentication Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Jose, Costa Rica, to authenticate the signature of the Consul. This office also provides a list of official translators if needed.

For additional information on consular fees, please call the General Consulate in Ottawa, Canada, attention Mrs. Dora Alicia Reyes, Phone: 613-562-2855.

Spanish is Costa Rica’s Official language; all documents issued in any other language must be translated into Spanish.

If you would like to do the translation in Canada, before sending the documents to Costa Rica, you will need, in addition to the Official Translation, the appropriate Consular Authentication, which will cost as any legalization.

Please submit the original documents with the official translation to the nearest Costa Rican Consulate, including a pre-paid and self addressed registered mail or courier envelope to be returned along with the Consulate Authentication.

Once in Costa Rica, present the document, translation and Consular Certification to the following office to validate the signature of the Consul an pay the Consular fees.

Oficina de Autenticaciones
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores,
Address: Calles 11 y 13, Avenida 9, San José.
Phone number: (506) 223-75-55 ext(s) 136, 188 or 220


Consular fees:

a) Authentication of Signature of Translator (each)------> US$40.00
b) Approval of translation (each)------------------------------->US$10.00


Consuls of Costa Rica, acting as Notaries, do certify copies of any original document required to be presented at different processes in Costa Rica.

The Consul´s Certified Copy of a document, can be submitted in Costa Rica to many kind of processes such as some Immigration requests, university accreditations, references and so on, and are accepted as an original document. In this case, to have the copy certified, you will have to present also, the original document to the Consul.


Certification fees: US$40 payable by deposit to the Bank of Montreal, account No. 0005-4608-520, Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services, please enclose the original and a copy of the receipt with the documents.

Process:

1) Submit the original document with a legible copy to the nearest Costa Rican Consulate, including a self-addressed and pre-paid registered or courier envelope to one of our Consulates in Canada (see contact information for list of Consulates).
2) Once in Costa Rica, present the certified copy to the Authentication Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Jose, for the appropriate final authentication and pay the Consular fees. This office also provides a list of official translators if needed.

Consular fees: (each document) : ------------------> US$40.00

Documents that need to pay a Consular Fee, must come with the voucher of the Bank enclosing the deposit of the said Consular Fee. The documents received without enclosing the proof of payment of the consular fee will be upheld for a period of one month. If no consular fee is received after a month, the documents will be returned or archived. We do not take cash, money orders or credit cards but deposits to the General Consulate's Bank account.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Notary Publics

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