Postal service to handle apostilles

Correos de Costa Rica will set up a kiosk in the foreign ministry to handle rapidly the mailing of documents that require an  apostille or signature validation.

Costa Rica adopted an international convention on apostilles in 2011. Since then the  Departamento de Autenticaciones of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriories y Culto has issued  182,621.

The proximity of the postal service representative is expected to speed the process, said the general manager of Correos, Alvaro Coghi.

The apostille process requires fewer signatures than the former system. For expats seeking residency, the process validates incoming documents with just two signatures instead of the chain of signatures that use to include a Costa Rican consul.

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