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What Is An Apostille ?


An “apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. The sole function is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document. Put simply, an apostille is a certificate that is attached to another document so that it will be accepted when used overseas.

There are designated authorities in every country to issue apostille certificates. In South Africa, The Department of International Relations and Cooperation provides apostille and authentication service to S.A citizens and foreign nationals on documents that will be used overseas. Types of documents include corporate documents such as company bylaws and articles of incorporation, power of attorney, diplomas, transcripts, letters relating to degrees, marital status, references and job certifications, home studies, deeds of assignments, distributorship agreements, papers for adoption purposes, etc.


The apostille is widely accepted by many countries that have signed up to the Hague Convention. Currently, there are 98 Hague Convention countries and the list continues to grow on a regular basis.

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We’re here to assist you! Contact us today for further information as to how to obtain an Apostille for your documents.

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Global Apostille is a Pretoria-based authentication and legalisation agency that assist corporations and individuals in South Africa in obtaining Apostilles and Embassy legalisation service.


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