Last updated on 13/05/24

Yes, it is. But let me put this statement in context to answer a few related questions people often have.

A Spanish sworn translation is valid if it

  • has been translated by a duly appointed sworn translator;
  • complies with the official Spanish sworn translation requirements; and
  • is submitted as is.

The translation will not need further legalisation, Apostille or notarisation and can be submitted to Spanish authorities any time, since sworn translations do not expire.

Remember: always submit the original sworn translation.

Bear in mind that a valid sworn translation is only valid on its own as a translation.

As per the Spanish sworn translation requirements, a stamped and dated copy of an original document must always be attached to its corresponding translation. Clients often assume that, since the translation already includes a copy of the original, they can submit only the translation and keep the original document themselves. But this assumption is wrong.

A valid sworn translation is exactly that – a translation complying with the official requirements and ready for submission. Despite including a copy of the original document, a sworn translation does not substitute the original document; both documents (original + translation) must be submitted together. Think of a sworn translation as a document supporting the original.

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Irene Corchado Resmella, a Spanish translator based in Edinburgh. English-Spanish sworn translator appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chartered Linguist and member of the CIOL. As a legal translator, I focus on Private Client law, specialising in Wills and Succession across three jurisdictions (England & Wales, Spain, and Scotland). Affiliate member of STEP. ICR Translations is registered with the ICO and has professional indemnity insurance.

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