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Apostille Explained

The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 (Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents)

So what is legalization and how does it affect an individual’s documents?  Simply put, the legalisation of documents or an Apostille serves as proof that the document or documents containing signatures, stamps and documents are genuine or legit.  It is a very effective method of making sure that all South African documents are real so that no further investigation is necessary to make sure that all documents presented to them are real.  It saves the individual and the governing authority demanding such proof of legalization a lot of time involved in background investigation of the documents so that they can proceed to whatever legal matter that is at hand.  It may be for immigration, work transfer from one country to another or simply an application to a school, whatever the case, an Apostille certificate serves as a legal proof that the document is valid and can be used by the individual to prove that the documents that he or she carries is indeed real.

We’ve put together this page to help answer your “How To” questions about obtaining an Apostille in South Africa. Please note that we can Apostille and Authenticate most South African documents including documents issued by the various South African Government Departments. Please Contact Us with any questions you have on Tel 0843163765 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (“Apostille Convention”) is the most widely accepted and applied of all the international treaties concluded under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. With the aim of facilitating the worldwide circulation of public documents, the Apostille Convention is finding new life in an age of unprecedented global inter connectivity, in which international trade and investment, as well as the cross-border movement of people, find support in the mutual recognition given by States to these documents.


Frequently Asked Questions Apostille.

What is an Apostille Certificate?

An Apostille, or Apostille Certificate is an official government certificate which is attached to the document to be used overseas. This certificate is standard in issue across the world and verifies the stamp and seal of the Notary Public or government body appearing on the document. In countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention, the issuing of this Apostille renders the document legally valid for international use and generally negates the requirement for additional legalisation at Consulates or Embassies.

You will need an Apostille if:

  • Your document is intended for use overseas and the destination country is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention; and
  • You have been specifically requested to do so by the issuing or destination authority of your document.
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Apostille Certificate Services SA
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Louwrens Koen Attorneys
Tel 087 010 733

Louwrens Koen Attorneys delivers a comprehensive Apostille Legalisation Certificate Service for documents destined for any country in the world.

Providing apostilles for all SA documents with embassy attestation when required.