If you need to use official documents in foreign countries, you may need to get them apostilled.
We have documents Notarised and then Apostilled at the Western Cape High Court. Feel free to enquire about prices. It takes about 3 to 4 days from the date of receipt of the document to the date of being apostiled. Call us on 021 111 0090 or send us an email.
What is an apostille certificate?
An apostille is a certificate that verifies the authenticity of a document, like a birth certificate, marriage certificate, academic transcript, Court Order or legal document. It is important to obtain an apostille because it is recognized and accepted in foreign countries that are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. This convention is an international treaty that simplifies the process of verifying the authenticity of documents for use abroad. It was established in 1961 and has over 120 member countries. When a document is apostilled, it means that a designated authority in the country of origin has verified its authenticity and attached an apostille certificate to it.
This certificate includes information such as the issuing authority’s seal or stamp, the signature of a designated official, and other relevant details. Apostilles are necessary for many legal and administrative purposes, such as international adoptions, immigration applications, business transactions, and academic credential recognition. They streamline the process of certifying documents for use in foreign countries, reducing the need for complex authentication procedures.
Are all countries part of the Hague Apostille Convention?
It’s important to note that not all countries are part of the Hague Apostille Convention, and the requirements for apostilles can vary from one country to another. So, if you need to use a document internationally, make sure to check the country’s membership status in the convention and follow the specific requirements for obtaining an apostille in that country.