To collect the certificate you have two options:
- The option we recommend is that you request it be sent to the embassy or to the Spanish Consulate General nearest to where you live. For more information go to “Sending the official certificate” section of the website Administrative procedures for degrees and certificates. Once the certificate arrives at the embassy or consulate, you must pick it up personally and sign it so that it is fully valid.
- Another person who is duly authorised with powers of notary public can also pick it up in your name. However, the certificate must be signed personally to be able to legalise it.
Regarding legalisation with the Hague Apostille, this can only be done in Spain (Barcelona or Madrid). Therefore, once you have the signed certificate, if you cannot travel to Spain personally you have two possibilities:
- Authorising someone else to do so in person in your name. This is the most advisable option. In the case of Barcelona, you must first go to in the Regional Government Office in Catalonia - Higher Inspectorate of Education (C/ Bergara, 12, 5th floor, Tel. 93 520 96 03), and later to the Higher Court of Justice of Catalonia (Passeig Lluís Companys, 14-16). The authorised person must present the certificate and written authorisation with your original signature.
- Requesting the Apostille long-distance. You must send the certificate by post to the Ministry of Education. This procedure takes longer than the first one, but if you decide to do it this way then send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you more information.