Everything you need to know
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, (“the Apostille Convention”) is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
The Apostille Convention specifies the requirements through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries (South Africa being one of them) can be certified for legal purposes and used in all other signatory countries.
The certification is called an apostille.
The apostille does not give information on the content of the underlying document, rather it certifies the signature, capacity of the signatory and correctness of the seal or stamp on the document.
The apostille is done in Pretoria at the Department of Foreign Affairs by EasyApostille on behalf of applicants.
Submission fees vary depending on the Embassy / Consulate.
Embassy / Consulate turnaround times to process the documentation also vary.
Once your instruction is received and the Embassy / Consulate is confirmed, we will advise on the submission fees and time to finalise the documents.
"Documents we can AUTHENTICATE and APOSTILLE for you"
- Marriage Certificates / Birth Certificates / Letters of no impediment / Any document issued by the Department of Home Affairs
- Matric Certificates / Tertiary Degrees, Diplomas, Qualifications*
- South African Police Clearance Certificates**
- Decree of Divorce / Court Order issued from any South African Court
- Agreements / Contracts / Trade Documents / Power of Attorney
- Medical / Radiological reports
- Copy of Passport / ID Book / Drivers Licence
*Matric certificates / tertiary degrees, diplomas or qualifications require verification from the relevant Government governing body prior to submission for the apostille. EasyApostille will submit documentation to the Department of Higher Education, Department of Basic Education or Umalusi Council for verification prior to the apostille.
**SAPS Certificates remain valid for 6 months.
Authentication requires that a South African Notary notarises the document.