Apostille is a French word meaning annotation. It is a one-page certificate issued by designated authorities at validating the signature, capacity and authority of the official on the document.
As per the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961, there is a list of countries which require a document to go through the Apostille document legalisation process prior to being presented in the destination country. If your document falls under the Apostille process, we will an Apostille Document Legalisation Certificate either from DIRCO or the High Court depending on the type of document.
For countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention of 1961, documents are required to go through the authentication process certifying the authenticity of the document before being presented in the country of use.
Although the first steps are similar to the Apostille process, the authentication process does require an additional step of Embassy Legalization by the Embassy of the country in which the document will be presented. After obtaining the US Department of State certification, we will present your document to the Embassy of the respective country to obtain their authentication stamp. This will be the final step, completing the process.
*PLEASE NOTE: Apostille.coza has provided the above listing of countries based on the information available for countries which are a signing party to the Hague Convention of 1961: HCCH Member Countries Link
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