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Apostille for Italy in India

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

What is Apostille?

Apostille is a french word that means(implies) certification. Once an apostille stamp is placed on any of the documents that are birth/ marriage/ degree/ PCC or any other certificate then it is regarded as 100% accurate. It also helps the foreign country to know that the details that are provided by the applicant are true and the documents are original and genuine. An individual may need an apostille for several reasons such as for going abroad on a study visa, work visa, dependent visa, or even for business work. So, a person should contact an apostille service provider to get the documents attested. 

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

Can a person themself go and get the Apostille of the documents for Italy?

A person cannot go to the authorities and get the Apostille done for the documents. Earlier it was allowed for any person to visit the authorities and get the attestation procedure done. But this leads to a huge rush at the authorities. So, in 2012 it was decided that only the apostille service provider can visit the authorities to get the apostille stamp on the document. 

This is why it is important to choose an apostille service that is trustworthy and keeps documents safe. As the documents that are to be provided are original so ensure that they are in safe hands to avoid any kind of work delay. 

What is an apostille stamp and what details are written in an apostille document in India?

An apostille stamp is a sticker that is square-shaped and is put on a document. The sticker has a length of 9 cm and is generated electronically through a computer. In India, the sticker is placed on the document by the Ministry of External Affairs. The details that an individual can see on an apostille document in India are listed below:

  • Certificate No: A unique number is added
  • Certificate issued Date: 00/00/0000 date and time are added
  • Account Reference: ALPHA CODE
  • Unique Doc. Reference: ALPHANUMERIC
  • Purchased by: NAME
  • Description of Document: ARTICLE 4 AFFIDAVIT
  • Description: AFFIDAVIT
  • Consideration Price (Rs.): ZERO
  • First Party: NAME OF PERSON
  • Second Party: N/A
  • Stamp Duty Paid By: NAME OF PERSON
  • Stamp Duty Amount(Rs.): AMOUNT

What essential documents should a person carry to get the apostille for Italy done?

The essentials that a person should carry with themself to get the apostille for Italy done are listed below:

  • An original document that the person wants to attest. It can be:
  1. Degree Certificate
  2. Marriage Certificate
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Police Clearance Certificate
  5. Single Status Certificate
  • License photocopy
  • A photocopy of the front and last page of the Passport
  • Aadhar Card Photocopy

What is the procedure that an individual should know to get the apostille done for Italy?


There are many authorities that are involved in the apostille for Italy. As Italy is a member of the Hague Convention so there are three steps. These are as follows:

  • Notary Attestation:

    This is the first step to begin the apostille process. In this step, the documents are checked by the notary to determine whether all the details given are true or not. When all the mentioned details are correct then the notary attests to the document. 

  • SDM/State Attestation:

    Further, the documents are sent to SDM or State for attestation. The complete procedure of attestation is similar. However, the time difference that is taken for attestation is different. For state attestation, it takes approximately three to four weeks to attest the documents. But, the same documents are attested by SDM in only 3 to 5 days by the SDM. So, in case of a hurry, it is better to get the documents attested by SDM. 

  • Ministry of External Affairs:

     This is the last and final step for the countries that are a member of the Hague Nations. In addition to this, it is the most important step for the attestation of the document. In India, the Ministry of External Affairs takes utmost care of the attestation of documents. All the details are cautiously checked by the MEA. When the details are found genuine and authentic then an apostille sticker and stamp are placed on the document. This sticker is placed on the backside of the documents and there is a unique number on this sticker. With this number, the foreign country can check information online.

Is there any extra step that is to be done for the countries that are not a member of Hague Nations?


There is one more that is added in the above-mentioned steps for the countries that are not a member of the Hague Nations. The step is:

  • Embassy Attestation:

    In this step, the documents a person wants to get apostilled are submitted to the Embassy. Along with this, the person has to offer fees that vary from one embassy to another. Here all the documents are scrutinized carefully. When all the details that are given in the document are found accurate then the authorities place a stamp and signature on the document.


What is the validity of a Birth certificate apostille for Italy?

The validity of the Birth certificate apostille for Italy documents is 6 months, this validity is the same irrespective of the state where the attestation is done. However, the time duration of documents may differ with the country where the document is presented as some countries also accept an apostille that is more than one year old. So,  Register here to know the accurate validity of your document. 

In how many days a person can get documents attestation for Italy?

To get Apostille for Italy it takes around 7 to 10 days. Although, in case of any uncertainty the days might increase. Let’s see the factors on which the time depends:

  • Number of documents
  • Type of documents
  • Several expenses at levels of authority
  • Apostille Service

What are the categories of documents that are apostilled?

There are three categories of documents that are apostilled. These are listed as follows:

  • Personal Document
  • Commercial Document
  • Educational Document

An Apostille contains following details in it:

Register for Online MEA Apostille

Provide applicant details