Apostilling/Authentication

Apostilling of documents

If your documents originate in South Africa and will be used in another country they may need to be "authenticated"or "legalised". Various seals are placed on the document so they will be recognised as legal documents in other countries.

The Legalisation Section at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) can issue the relevant Apostille Certificate or Certificate of Authentication subject to the following:

  • The documents are still valid.
  • Advise the Legalisation Section in which country the document will be used to allow the section to determine if an Apostille or Authentication Certificate is required.
  • Depending on the type of documentation, you may first have to get the documentation stamped/signed by the appropriate department or institution before the Legalisation Section can issue the relevant Apostille or Authentication Certificate.

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