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Process of getting Apostille For Hague countries in India

Hague Countries are the countries that are part of the Hague Convention Apostille. The Hague Convention aims to eliminate the need to legalize documents and certificates from the destination country’s embassy/consulate. Therefore, it simplifies and streamlines the international document authentication process with the help of a special certificate known as “Apostille”. An Apostille is a specialized certificate or stamp used for international document verification, confirming the authenticity of public documents issued in India for use in Apostille Convention Countries.

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

Purpose Of Document Authentication For Apostille Convention Countries

If you are planning to visit the apostille Convention Countries then getting your documents apostilled is essential. The main purpose of an apostille is to authenticate the legal validity of your documents and help you apply for a visa application with ease.

Apostille and Attestation: Difference Explained

The phrase “attestation” can be referred to as either Notary Attestation, Apostille Attestation, or Embassy attestation. You will be doing the above-mentioned attestation depending on the purpose of your attestation.  Below we have explained these attestation processes in detail:

Notary Attestation – Notary attestation is needed if you using an Indian document within India.

Apostille Attestation –  Apostille attestation from MEA is required if you are planning to use your Indian documents in a country that is part of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Embassy Attestation –   Embassy attestation is needed if you want to use your Indian documents in a country that is not a part of the Hague Convention. 

Personal Document Authentication Process For Apostille Convention Countries

These are the 4 steps to obtain an apostille for the Hague Convention apostille list of countries:

Local Verification – The initial step in obtaining an apostille involves authentication by the authorities that issued your personal document. For Instance – 

Notary Attestation – Your documents get verified by the Notary Public Office. Once your document gets notarized, it gets ready for the state-level attestation. 

State/SDM Attestation – You can get your documents verified for apostille convention Countries through the State or SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate Attestation). 

State Attestation – In this method, documents are submitted to the State Body. The secretariat of the district reviews your documents and puts a stamp if all information is correct. This attestation procedure is lengthy and costly, taking 30 working days to get an apostille. 

SDM Attestation – Here your documents are reviewed and verified by the SDM. SDM attestation is always recommended over State attestation as it is cheaper and takes only 3-4 working days to complete. 

MEA Attestation – In this final stage, your documents get legalized for countries in the Hague Convention Apostille. 

It’s always better to talk to your Apostille helpline, they will guide you on which process you need.

For Commercial Documents, you need to follow these steps:

Local Verification – Registrar of Companies verify your commercial documents

Global Chamber Of Commerce – After local verification, the Global Chamber of Commerce reviews and authenticates your commercial documents

MEA: At last, MEA India confirms your commercial document is genuine for foreign use by putting an apostille

How To Get An Apostille In India For Hague Convention Countries

To get an apostille for apostille convention countries you need to follow these steps:

  • Fill Apostille Registration Form
  • Choose Type Of Attestation (SDM or State)
  • Submit Documents
  • Make Payment Online
  • Receive apostilled documents at your home

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Frequently asked questions

Apostille or Attestation on Educational Documents by Ministry of External Affairs in India Can be done by Submitting the original Documents or True Copies of Original Documents Issued from the relevant School Boards / Universities.

Steps to get Apostille on your Educational Documents:

  • Register for Apostille
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.

Apostille Attestation is Legalization of your documents from Ministry of External Affairs in India. Apostille can be given for the documents issued in India by any authority or issued by any Indian authorities outside the country like Embassy / Consulate. Apostille from MEA can be used in any particular country apart from India.

Check out this article  more details on what is apostille .

Apostille and Attestation are similar words. But Apostille will be given from the Ministry of External Affairs in India. Attestation has a broader meaning. Attestation from MEA is called Apostille. Attestation can be given by State Government or Embassy.

For Educational documents attestation from state government is called HRD attestation.

For Non Educational documents such as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Affidavits state attestation is called home department attestation.

Attestation for any documents from Indian Embassy is called Embassy Attestation.

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Ministry of External Affairs Attestation ( Apostille ) can be done in 2 ways.

  1. State Authentication / Attestation,
  2. Sub Divisional Magistrate ( SDM ) Attestation / Authentication.

State Attestation Process takes longer time compared to SDM attestation. It’s better to do SDM Apostille since it is fast.

If you are travelling to Italy or Austria, then state attestation is required. For all the other Hague nations SDM Apostille is enough, legal, valid and accepted.

Procedure to get Apostille on your Documents:

  • Register for Apostille
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.