THE GOVERNMENT
 
 
No. 23/2015/ND-CP
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence - Freedom – Happiness
 
Hanoi, February 16, 2015
 
 
DECREE
On grant of duplicates from master registers, certification of copies from originals,
certification of signatures and certification of
contracts and transactions [1]
 
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
At the proposal of the Minister of Justice,
The Government promulgates the Decree on grant of duplicates from master registers, certification of copies from originals, certification ofsignatures and certification of contracts and transactions.
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article1. Scope of regulation
This Decree prescribes the competence and procedures for grant of duplicates from master registers; certification of copies from originals; certification of signatures; certification of contracts and transactions; legal validity of duplicates granted from master registers; copies certified from originals; certified signatures, contracts and transactions; and state management of certification.
Article2. Interpretation of terms
In this Decree, the terms below are construed as follows:
1. “Grant of a duplicate from the master register” means that an agency or organization managing the master register bases itself on that master registers to grant a duplicate. The contents of a duplicate from the master register must be complete and accurate as those recorded in the master register.
2. “Certification of a copy from the original” means that a competent agency or organization prescribed in this Decree bases itself on the original to certify that copies from the original are true.
3. “Certification of a signature” means that a competent agency or organization prescribed in this Decree certifies that the signature on a paper or document is that of the certification requester.
 4. “Certification of a contract or transaction” means that a competent agency defined in this Decree certifies the time and place of concluding a contract or making a transaction; the civil act capacity, willingness, signatures or fingerprints of parties to that contract or transaction.
5. “Original” means a paper or document granted for the first time, re-granted or granted upon re-registration by a competent agency or organization, or made by a person and certified by a competent agency or organization with its seal.
 
 
[1] Công Báo Nos 357-358 (16/3/2015)