An "authentication" is a governmental act by which a designated public official (e.g. consular officer at an embassy or a consulate) certifies to the genuineness of the signature and the position of the person/official who has executed, issued, or certified (a copy of) a document.
Authentication service is also provided by Honorary Consulates.
Authentication is provided upon request of Austrian citizens and upon request of Non-Austrian citizens if the document is to be used in Austria (before the Austrian authorities).
- Authentication of private (e.g. agreements) and official signatures
- Authentication of transcripts and copies (stating that original and copy are identical)
· The Embassy/Consulate does NOT provide translation services.
· The accuracy of a translation is NOT the responsibility of the Consulate.
· The Embassy/Consulate is NOT responsible for the content of a document.
· The person asking for authentication services must provide proper ID (e.g. passport).
Public documents are:
- documents issued by judicial authorities, including those emanating from public prosecutors, court clerks, and process servers (e.g. divorce decree)
- administrative documents (e.g. birth, marriage certificates)
- official certificates affixed to documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document, notarial authentications of signatures, etc.
For further enquiries please contact the Embassy.