From in SA: (012) 6709010 or (012) 6709020 From outside of South Africa (0027) 12 670 90 10 or (0027) 12 670 9020
• Government Institutions
• Private Institutions
• Department Education
• Government Schools
• Private Schools
• Birth Certificates
• Marriage Certificates
• Death certificates
• Letter of No Impediment
• Authentication certificates
Apostille and Authentication of:
Apostille and Authentication of:
Divorce Decree / Papers
• SACE certificates
What is Apostille and/or Authentication of documents? It is the process uses to attest to the legality and authenticity of documents to be accepted in countries outside of South Africa and is commonly known as the Legalisation process.
In South Africa the Department of International Relations and Co-
Apostille (as explained below) is used for countries whom are signatories to the La Hague convention while the Authentication process ( as explained below ) is used for Non signatories to the La Hague Convention.
List of Countries whom are signatories to the La Hague Convention.
Depending of the type of document this authentication must be done either by DIRCO or the High Court.
1. Documents that must be presented to DIRCO for Apostille and/or Authentication.
1.1. Original Documents:
• Unabridged certificates from Department of home Affairs.
• Police Clearance certificates.
• Medical Reports authenticated by HPCSA.
1.2. Copies authenticated by the relevant Government Departments
• Educational certificates authenticated by the Department of Education.
• Medical certificates and reports authenticated by the Health Professionals Counsel.
1.3. Documents intended for counties whom are not signatories to the La Hague convention and has to be presented to the specific country Embassy must also be Authenticated by DIRCO.
2. Documents that must be presented to the High Court for Apostille and /or Authentication.
• Notarised Copies of documents.
• If a Apostille is needed it will be done at the High Court.
• If the document has to legalised by a embassy the document has also have to be presented to DIRCO.
3. Documents that have to be Legalised at Embassy's.
When countries are not party to the La Hague convention a further step must be followed:
• Authentication at the High Court if necessary
• Authentication at the Department of international Relations and Co-
• Finally presentation to the relevant Embassy.
4. Process to legalise documents by Apostille and/or authentication.
4.1. Email us a list details of documents to be Apostilled or Authenticated:
4.2. If you accept the Quotation Courier the following to us:
4.2.1. Client Sheet
4.2.2. Original documents
4.2.3 Write lightly in pencil at the back of each document your Initials, Surname and the the target country.
4.3 On Receipt of the documents we will;
i) We will confirm receipt.
ii) We will email you a invoice with banking details.
iii) Process the Legalisation
iv) On receipt of payment we will courier the certificates to u.
4.4. Lead Time (Lead Times are indications and will be confirmed with each order)
• Apostille /Authentication at DIRCO: 3 to 4 working days.
• Certification at Department Education etc. 3 to 5 working days.
• Authentication School Qualifications at Umalisi : 3 to 10 working days:
• Certification at embassy: 5 to 10 working days.
5. Apostille/Authentication Cost Fees:Fees and Cost
Fee is calculated per Department at:
• R 495 for the first document
• R 95 per document thereafter.
• Additional Fees not included.
•• Forex fees of R 285 per payment from outside South Africa including Pay Pal.
•• Cash payment bank charges of R 100 per cash payment into our bank account.
•• Courier fees of R 150 in South Africa and R 675 International.
•• Departmental or Embassy Fees
Only documents which originated in South Africa can be Apostilled or Authenticated in South Africa.