Applications can be submitted only in person by prior appointment. Appointments can be made via the online reservation system.
The use of the online reservation system and making appointment is free of charge.
The consul authenticate the signature of the applicant, who appears at the Consulate in person and signs the document in the presence of the consul; or the applicant recognizes the signature on the document as his/her own in the presence of the consul.
First, the consul verifies the identity of the applicant, thus, you should present a valid identification document (in case of Hungarian citizens, this is a passport, an identity card or a driving license). The certificate is issued in a form of an authentication clause, which contains the client’s personal data. When legalising a signature, the consul is only responsible for maintaining the formality of the issued certificate as an authentic instrument, and for the authenticity of the content of the certificate (this means the verification of the client’s identity and the fact that he/she signed the document in the presence of the consul). The consul therefore shall not be liable for any substantive or formal deficiencies of the document itself, on which the client requested his/her signature to be authenticated.
If the signature is made on behalf of a legal entity (e.g. company or other organization), the applicant must also prove his/her right of representation with a company document issued within the last 30 days. This document shall certify that the company was registered by court (cégkivonat/ company extract, cégmásolat) or – if official or judicial registration is required for the establishment of the organization – such registration has taken place. In the case of a signature on behalf of a foreign company or an organization, it has to be proven that the company had been registered under the law of the given country. However, please note that the Hungarian consular service can only act in the interests of Hungarian citizens or Hungarian organizations, or in matters to which the interests of Hungarian citizens or legal entities are related to.
You can find the list of the authentication of signature (Hitelesítések) service fees here.