THE LEGALIZATION OF SIGNATURE

The Consulate General of Panama in Marseille, may legalize all documents of the official authorities of France.

The documents submitted must be originals or copies duly legalized by an official notary of the French Republic. Make sure the signature is legible. If not, please write the full name and the first name of the signatory so that we can verify the authenticity of the signature.
Payment for the service can be made in cash or by check payable to the Consulate General of Panama, depending on the situation.

If you want to make a personal appointment at the Consulate General of Panama in Marseille, to legalize your document, please make the appointment in advance by phone +33 (0) 4 91 90 05 84 or by email panaconsmf@wanadoo.fr.
In the case your document will be sent by post, we recommend that you choose the service "Lettre Recommandé avec Avis de Réception" or a shipping company for security reasons. The envelope must include:

  • the original document to legalize,
  • the check with the payment to the order of the Consulate
  • a prepaid envelope (with stamps) with your full address written for the return of your documents..

We ask you to provide your phone number and e-mail address to reach you, in case you should be contacted for additional information.

Additional Information

Apostille
By Law No. 6 of 25 June 1990, Panama ratified the Hague Convention from 5 October 1961, which abolishes the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. This is known as the 1961 Hague Convention.
For this reason, a foreign public document authenticated by Apostille does not require the legalization of a Panamanian Consular Officer. The apostille can be obtained in French institutions such as the "Office of the Apostille of the Court of Appeal".

Qualifications
The legalization of diplomas issued in less than 6 months has no cost for Panamanian citizens. Documents that exceed this period will cost $ 30.00. The same rule applies for academic certificates and credits.