How to check the validity of the Apostille of the Hague
Is it possible to confirm the signature of the official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who issues the so-called Apostille of the Hague? Before, it is necessary to clarify certain concepts.
How to check the validity of the Apostille of the Hague: types of signatures
1- First, we must bear in mind that the signature can be handwritten, accompanied by the respective stamp, or electronic.
2- In Venezuela, the electronic signature is governed by the Decree Law on Data Messages and Electronic Signatures. There is established the possibility of issuing official documents without handwritten signature and seal. Instead you must have a code that can be verified online.
3- The electronic signature, it is insisted, is a possibility, it does not mean that all the official documents must necessarily now come electronically signed.
4- Thus, a document with handwritten signature and stamp is still perfectly valid. In this you will not find any validation code because this code is only used for documents signed electronically.
How to check the validity of the Apostille of the Hague: handwritten signature
5- In practical terms, if you have a Venezuelan document that has the so-called Apostille of the Hague, you must first of all see if it is signed in handwritten form and with the wet seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If so, in principle you should consider it valid, unless you see that it has been manipulated or forged, which would not be usual. You will not see any validation code there.
This happens, for example, with what are now called “special cases”, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs usually grants to those who demonstrate, with the respective air ticket, that they are very close to traveling abroad and can not wait to process the respective appointment. on-line. However, it is not the only case.
How to check the validity of the Apostille of the Hague: electronic signature
6- If you do not have a handwritten signature or stamp, then it is an electronically signed document. I should have at the end a text that says more or less the following:
“TO VALIDATE AUTHENTICITY ENTER THIS CODE”, followed by an alphanumeric code, which normally begins with the letters NV.
You can go to the page of the Ministry of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations, specifically to the section of legalization of documents, validation of signatures. Simply write the code there and it will tell you if it is a valid document from Venezuela.