PRICE LIST FOR Document Apostille Pretoria

Getting a document apostilled can be a crucial step for using it abroad. The apostille process verifies the authenticity of your document, making it recognized in countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention. But how much does it cost, and how long does it take?

The Apostille process includes verifying the authenticity of the document and attaching an apostille certificate to it. The apostille certificate confirms the origin and authenticity of the document and ensures that it is recognized as a legal document in the country where it is being used. South Africa joined the Hague Apostille Convention on 3 August 1994 and it entered into force on 30 April 1995. The designated competent authorities to issue an
apostille in South Africa are the Registrar at the High Court and the Chief Directorate,

Understanding Apostille Costs and Processing Times in South Africa

In South Africa, two main authorities handle the legalisation of documents for use abroad through apostilles:

High Court: This is responsible for apostilling documents issued by local authorities within South Africa, such as birth certificates or marriage certificates.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO): DIRCO handles apostilles for documents issued by the national government or educational institutions in South Africa.

The apostille process verifies the authenticity of your document, making it recognized in countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention. But how much does it cost, and how long does it take?

This table provides a general overview of apostille pricing and processing times. Keep in mind that specific fees may vary depending on your location and the type of document

Document TypePricing (incl Vat)Turnaround Time
DircoHigh CourtNotary
Home affairs certificatesR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Any notary public documentsR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Birth certificateR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Police clearanceR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Death CertificateR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Will And TestamentR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Letter of no impedimentR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Divorce DecreeR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Company DocumentsR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
PassportR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Power of AttorneyR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Driver LicenceR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days
Educational CertificatesR1850R650R6503 – 5 Days

Frequently Asked Questions About Translation (FAQ)

Our answers to the most common questions regarding translation and legalisation services in South Africa:

The best way to receive a quote for our translation service is to send an e-mail to us at info@apostillelegalisation.co.za  with an electronic copy of the document or file you need translated and or legalised. We reply to all inquiries within an hour of receiving a request.

We can generally translate a 1-2-page document within 1 business day, and also offer urgent and express translations, subject to availability. For most documents, a reasonable rule of thumb is to assume that a translator can translate approximately 2,500 words a day.

Yes! at Global Apostille, we are accustomed to working to tight turnarounds when assisting with sensitive documents such as translating and legalising your documents for abroad use.

However, the time it takes will depend on the number of pages and whether you will need an Apostille from the High court or a Dirco apostille.

Our express Dirco apostille service can be processed within 5 days, as for the High court express service, which can be processed within 24 hours.

Yes, we will provide you with your translation in the format that you prefer. We can provide the translated in a word document. Otherwise, we can provide a PDF or print-ready files.

We base our translation costs on the word count of the source document (your document). Our pricing is generally billed at a “per word rate” or per page if the wordcount is not available, this means you are billed by the word or per page versus by the hour. Translation rates include word processing and laser printing.  We are happy to provide quotes free of charge.

Yes – our minimum translation fee starts from R350.00 for translation,

And R650 for the High Court Apostille

We require a 50% deposit on projects estimated at over R1,000; the rest is due within 7 working days from final invoice.

We always try to offer the best price for every project. Where there are large volumes involved and time and resources permit, we may be able to offer better prices. In this, too, flexibility is key. And as time goes by, the more you work with us, the more reference material we can have on file which can be used to reduce costs and timings.

In most cases, yes. Depending on the document, you may need an original sent to us or there are times we can work with a copy. But it is usually not a problem to receive your apostille on a South African document, no matter where in the world you are located.

We provide translation services for a number of South African and European languages including; French Spanish, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, Ndebele, isiZulu and more. Our experience and vast translator network allows us to undertake translation projects covering almost any language pair and subject matter.

In South Africa, a sworn translation is a translation produced by a certified translator. This means a translator with a certain level of training or experience who has taken an oath in court in South Africa, entitling him/her to translate certain official documents. Sworn translations are always needed when a translation is to be used for administration purposes or official documents such as birth certificates, academic certificates or declarations.

Courier Service

Our Express Apostille service is trustworthy and reliable thanks to our in-house courier service. You can be sure that your documents will be apostilled and back in your hands. Our team will do the rest so that your documents are ready for use abroad when you need them to be.

Quality Promise

We are committed to providing a consistent level of quality in all our customer engagements. Our staff members follow well-established business processes so we can communicate clearly, deliver on time and exceed our customers’ expectations wherever in South Africa.


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