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How to get an Apostille for Estonia

Estonia is a member of the Hague Nation and Apostille is enough to prove that the Document is Genuine

What does Apostille mean and should a person get the apostille on the documents if he/she is going abroad?

Apostille is a way that helps in the legalization of a document. A stamp is placed by several authorities after verifying the information that the person has provided. In India, the Ministry of External Affairs places an apostille stamp on the backside of the document. This lets the foreign country know all the information that is provided is true and correct. It is important for a person to get the apostille on the document in case he/she is going abroad due to the following reasons:

  • A person needs a birth certificate apostille if he/she is going abroad for a dependent visa or a student visa.
  • An individual should get the attestation of commercial documents done if any of them wants to begin a trade or establish a business in a foreign country.
  • An applicant needs a marriage certificate apostille to obtain the dependent visa. 
  • A person should have a Single Status Certificate Apostille done to get married in a foreign country.
  •  PCC apostille is needed to prove the other country about the non-criminal background. 
  • An individual should have an educational degree apostille for a work visa or study visa. 

4 Simple steps to get MEA Apostille on your Documents 

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect all  Documents you want to Apostille 
  3. Submit the Original / Photocopies of documents
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille Directly to your home

What documents a person should have to get the apostille for Estonia?

A person should have all the below-given documents to get the apostille for Estonia. Ensure that these documents are in good condition and all the information given is true and the same in all the documents. 

Are the steps to get the apostille stamp on a document similar to a single status certificate and the police clearance certificate?

The steps that are followed to get the apostille stamp on a document are the same for the single status certificate and the police clearance certificate. These are as follows:

  • Notary Attestation:

    To begin the attestation process, the documents are sent to the notary. The notary will check all the information that is provided in the documents. A signature and stamp are placed by the notary when the provided information is found authentic. 

  • SDM/State Attestation:

    The second step of the attestation process is to show the documents to the Sub Divisional Magistrate or the State. The authorities will check the documents and verify all the details. When the authorities find that all the provided details are correct. Then, a stamp and signature are placed on the document by authorities. 

  • Ministry of External Affairs:

    This is one of the most important steps for the attestation of documents. Here all the details are verified with the supporting documents. When all the details are found correct then the authorities will place an apostille sticker on the backside of the document. This apostille sticker has a unique number that lets the foreign country know the details that are provided by the authorities. A signature is also done on the document by the Ministry of External Affairs

  • Embassy Attestation:

    This is the last and final step for countries that are not a member of the Hague Nations. Here the documents that are to be attested along with the embassy fees are submitted. The embassy will check all the given information carefully. Later on, when the information is found genuine then the Embassy attests to the document. 

What are the charges that a person has to pay for the attestation of Estonia documents?

There are a few charges that are paid for the attestation of Estonian documents. These charges depend on the number of documents, the type of documents, the fees that are charged by the authorities, and also at the fees of the service provider. It is better to contact an apostille service provider and get documents analyzed and then know the exact charges. 

Does the attestation done by SDM and State get completed in the same number of days?

The attestation that is done by the SDM gets finished in around three to five days. However, the state attestation gets completed in three to four weeks. So, to avoid time delays SDM is a better option than the state attestation. Although, if the country has asked for the state attestation then the person has to get the attestation done by the state only.

Can a person get a marriage certificate for Estonia by themself?

No, it is not possible for a person to get the marriage certificate apostille for Estonia done by themself. As the government has restricted only the apostille service provider so only they can get the marriage certificate apostille done. It is better to contact a trustworthy service provider to know about the exact procedure and validity of the marriage certificate. 

Is Embassy attestation needed for an apostille for Estonia?

There are in total of 117 countries and Estonia is a member of the Hague Convention. So, it is not essential for a country to have an embassy attestation done to complete the apostille process unless the country has specified it. 

How many days can an individual get an apostille for Estonia done?

An individual can get an apostille for Estonia done in around 7 to 10 days. Although, in case of any uncertainty the time period might extend. But, in most cases, the documents are apostille in the mentioned days that is in a week. To get the documents analyzed and know the exact time duration register here

Is it possible to get the birth certificate apostille for Estonia themself?

A person cannot get the birth certificate apostille for Estonia themselves. Before 2012, any person can go to the authorities to get the apostille of the documents for Estonia. But due to the rush at the authorities, only the apostille service provider can visit the authorities and get the birth certificate apostille for Estonia. 

An Apostille contains following details in it:

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