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Legalization of Degrees

Legalization doctorate.

You have the option of legalizing your degree upon completion of your PhD for validation purposes in other countries. 

To do so, please follow the indications below. If you must return to your home country after collecting your diploma, it is recommended to initiate the process 15 days beforehand.

The required documents are the originals. If a third party performs the procedure on your behalf, they must provide authorization from the degree holder (power of attorney with validity in Spanish territory).

There are two different types of legalization:

Documents destined for use in countries which are signatories to the Hague Convention.

There are two channels for the legalization of your Ph.D. degree:

 

Notary

 

1. Authentication of the signature of the President of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid by Dª Sagrario Jiménez Álvarez, Notary of the Illustrious College of Madrid:

    C/ Madrid, 85, 2ª planta
    28902 Getafe

 

2. Authentication of the signature of previous notary by the Dean of the Notarial College (Apostille of The Hague).

    COLEGIO NOTARIAL DE MADRID
    C/ Ruiz de Alarcón, 3 (entrance by the side of the Naval Museum building)
    28014 Madrid
    Tel.: 91 213 00 00
    Fax: 91 213 00 48

 

Ministry of Education (valid only for official degrees)


1. Authentication of signatures by the Ministry of Education - General Section for Degrees and Authentication of Qualifications Degree Service/Legalization Unit

Academic documentation can be presented in the relevant Unit. This will be indicated by enquiring at the central desk of the building:

    C/ Torrelaguna, 58
    Madrid 28044
    9:00 to 2:00, Monday to Friday

    For inquiries:
    legalizacion@educacion.es
    91 506 56 00

   Further information



2. Ministry of Justice (Legalizations Section)

    Plaza Jacinto Benavente, 3 (Madrid)
    Telf.: 902.007.214

Documents which are to take effect in countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention.

There are two ways to have your Ph.D. degree legalized:

 

Notary



The procedure consists of five steps:

1. Authentication of the signature of the President of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid by Dª. Sagrario Álvarez Jiménez, Notary of the Illustrious College of Madrid:

    C/ Madrid, 85, 2ª planta
    28902 Getafe

2. Authentication of the signature of previous Notary by the Dean of the Notarial College:

    COLEGIO NOTARIAL DE MADRID
    C/ Ruiz de Alarcón, 3
    28014 Madrid
    Tel.: 91 213 00 00
    Fax: 91 213 00 48

3. Ministry of Justice (legalization of notarial documents)

    Plaza Jacinto Benavente, 3 (Metro Sol and Tirso de Molina)
    Opening hours: 9:00 to 13:30 (Monday to Friday) - 9:00 to 14:00 (Saturday)
    Tel. 902 007214

4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

    C/ Juan de Mena Nº4 (Metro Banco de España).

Appointment in advance required: www.maec.es (‘Cita previa para Asuntos Consulares’)
Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (Monday to Thursday) - 9:00 to 14.00 (Fridays)
Tel.: 91 3791655 · 91 3791610 · 91 3791700

5. Authentication of the previous signatures by diplomatic or consular representatives in Spain of the country in which the document is to take effect

   

Ministry for Education (valid only for official degrees)


1. Authentication of signatures by the Ministry of Education, General Section for Degrees and Authentication of Qualifications Degree Service/Legalization Unit

The unit where the academic documents are to be presented will be indicated at the central desk of the building:

    C/ Torrelaguna, 58.
    Madrid 28024
    From 9.00 to 14.00, Monday to Friday
    For inquiries: legalizacion@educacion.es
    91 506 56 00

   Further information

2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    C/ Juan de Mena, 4 (Metro Banco de España)

Appointment in advance required: www.maec.es ('Cita previa para Asuntos Consulares’)

Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:30 (Monday to Friday) - 9:00 to 14:00 (Fridays)
Tel. 91 379 16 55

3. Authentication of the previous signatures by diplomatic or consular representatives in Spain from the country in which the document is to take effect.