The Consular Services Office (CSO) which falls under the remit of the Directorate Consular Services and Maltese Living Abroad at the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade (MFET) is responsible for the legalisation of documents. Legalisation of documents is the process of authenticating public documents which need verification for use in another country. Official public documents that require legalisation must always contain an original signature of a person based in Malta and registered with MFET. Documents will be legalised once the signature and rubber-stamp has been matched with the original signature available at the Ministry’s database. Documents must be signed by a professional person (notaries, lawyers, accountants/auditors), Heads of Schools, Government officials, Diplomats and/or translators in order to be legalised. More information on the service can be obtained on