What is an Apostille?
An apostille is a certificate that certifies the seals and signatures that are on the documents that have been issued in South Africa, to confirm the genuiness of the documents. An apostille certificate cannot be forged, as the official who has been entrusted to issue an apostille, has also been trusted to carefully inspect the documents, seals, signatures and stamps to certify that they are genuine and that there isn’t any forgery that took place. This certificate confirms that the South African documents apostilled, have genuine seals, stamps and signatures. It also does not in any way confirm anything about the content that is on the document.
South African documents apostilled-who qualifies to Apostille South African documents?
South African officials qualify to apostille documents that are destined for countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention, as South Africa is also member of the Hague Apostille Convention. When you are planning on using your documents in a foreign country, you will need to get your South African documents apostilled in order to certify the authenticity of your documents. You also have to confirm whether the country that you will be sending the documents off to, is part of the Hague Convention.
South African documents apostilled-why do documents need to be Apostilled?
South Africans need different types of documentation for educational, employment reasons, and business, for immigration and visa and other reasons. South African nationals that are looking into having a new life abroad or seeking to venture in business, get their South African documents apostilled for the near future use, in the countries that they travel to. Getting South African documents apostilled, also depends on the documents that needs to be apostilled. As some of the documents require to be stamped by a department official, by a magistrate, an additional magistrate, a registrar or an assistant registrar of the High Court of South Africa, prior to the legalization.
South African documents that are apostilled by Apostille legalization
- Diplomas and other academic documents
- Copy of driver’s license
- Copy of passport
- Death certificates
- Divorce decree
- Authorization letter
- Shipping documents
- Certificate of good standing
- Unabridged birth certificate
- Single status Affidavit
- Power of attorney
- Medical reports
- Police clearance certificates
- Letter of no impediment
- Embassy verification letter
South African documents apostilled-High court Apostille
However, South Africans that travel to a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention, will have to get their documents certified by the High Court, so that they can be of use in the foreign country that they will be travelling to. The traveler’s documents will be signed in the presence of a Notary Public, then Notary will attach a Certificate of authentication to the signed document, which entails the Notary’s stamp, signature and seal on it. In this instance, after the document has been signed, stamped and sealed by the notary, it can be forwarded to the High Court that is situated around the same area of practice as the Notary Public.
Who we are
As Apostille legalization, we handle any kind of documentation that you can ever think of. We apostille South African documents, but if you are in foreign country and you want to get your South African documents apostilled while you are that side, we will assist you still. Distance is not a barrier to us. You just have to contact us and we will assist you. We advise that you communicate with your employer, the academic institution, or any of the relevant authorities with regards to the requirements that are expected of the apostille, as they may differ from case to case. With the experience and expertise we have acquired over the years through confidently getting South African documents apostilled, we assure you that your documents will be apostilled and returned back to you efficiently and with no typos or any errors whatsoever.
If you are in need of Apostille services in Pretoria, Cape town, Johannesburg and Durban, we can assist! We provide Certificate Apostille from The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) in Pretoria. We ensure that your important documents are properly certified in the least amount of time possible.
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