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Attestation Service in India

Definition of Attestation in Simple words:

Meaning of Attestation is to Certify. Certify that the document is given from the rightful authority and the contents of the documents are correct.

Attestation is a broader term, Attestation can mean 

  1. Notary Attestation 
  2. SDM Attestation 
  3. HRD Attestation 
  4. Home Department Attestation
  5. MEA Attestation 
  6. Apostille Attestation 
  7. Embassy Attestation 

Attestation services in India is given by different departments for different Purposes.

When it comes to Apostille Attestation / Embassy Attestation of any original documents for foreign country all these attestation needs to be done for each and every document.

Let us explore each and every attestation listed above

4 Simple steps to get MEA Attestation on your Documents 

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

Notary Attestation

Notary Attestation is given by the government authorised notary public. Generally it is required for legal proceedings. If a document is attested by the notary it means that the notary public has checked the original and details of the document.

SDM Attestation

Attestation provided  by the Sub Divisional Magistrate is known as SDM Attestation.

SDM is a higher authority compared to Notary Attestation. Any document that has SDM Authentication is ready for getting apostille attestation or Embassy Attestation depending on the travelling country or destination country.

HRD Attestation

HRD is Human Resource Department Attestation comes under state Government.

All degree certificates or any educational document that is being used in foreign country needs to get HRD attestation

Any educational document submitted to the HRD department will first get verified by the University, School or College  where the document  was issued. Once the documents get the approval from their original institution then only HRD Attestation will be done on the documents.

Since HRD attestation is a State Government issued document, Each state government has a different Officer to give the attestation. Each state follow different procedure.

Home Department Attestation

Like the HRD Home Department also comes under state government. Home department attestation will be done for personal documents such as birth certificate, Marriage Certificate, POA, Death certificate etc.. Documents other than Educational documents need Home department attestation.

MEA Attestation

MEA is the Ministry of External Affairs. It is a central government body and all documents issued in India Should get apostille if they are being used in foreign country. This is The highest authority in India that attests the document  for foreign purpose.

Apostille Attestation

It is done by MEA India. This is required for all the documents that are being used in any of 117 Hague countries. Hague countries are the list of countries that have come together to ease the process of Attestation for the purpose of using any documents in member countries. Any document that has Apostille is considered as Genuine, Original and given by the rightful authority.

Below are the Attestation that one needs to get in order to obtain Apostille

  1. Notary Attestation
  2. SDM Attestation / HRD Attestation ( for Educational documents) / Home Department Attestation ( FOr non Educational Documents )
  3. MEA Attestation 
  4. Apostille Attestation

Embassy Attestation

If anyone is to a country which is not in the list of 117 Hague countries then they must get their document attested by the respective countries embassy attestation.

Without embassy Attestation these documents are not considered for legal purpose.

Embassy attestation is done by the embassy of the travelling country  example – UAE Embassy in Delhi will provide UAE Embassy Attestation

Below are the steps you need to follow to get embassy Attestation

  1. Notary Attestation
  2. SDM Attestation / HRD Attestation ( for Educational documents) / Home Department Attestation ( FOr non Educational Documents )
  3. MEA Attestation
  4. Embassy Attestation 

HRD Attestation is a more time consuming process compared to all other attestation. Since it involves more strict verifications for any given documents it takes more time.

Home department is also time consuming but less than that of HRD Attestation.

Typically both HRD Attestation and Home department attestation will take 20-30 days.


What is the cost of attestation in India?

Cost for Attestation depends on the travelling country 

Generally Attestation cost very between 6000₹ – 12,000₹ for personal documents
Below are the costs for specific country

UAE Embassy Attestation will cost around 7000₹ 

Qatar Embassy Attestation will cost 9000₹

Where can I attest my documents in India?

Attestation is a broader term 

There are different types of attestation in India 

Notary Attestation 

Will be done by the Notary Public in any city court 

SDM Attestation 

SDM is Sub Divisional Magistrate – This attestation will be done by that particular SDM belonging to the region.

State Attestation

State issued documents will get State attestation either HR department of the state will do the attestation or Home department depending on the Document 

Educational document – HRD Attestation 

Non Educational Documents – Home Department 

MEA Attestation 

MEA full form is Ministry of External Affairs, this is the highest body  That attests any public document in India for foreign Use. 

Embassy attestation 

Embassy Attestation will be done by the embassy of the travelling country in India.

Who is Authorised to attest documents in India?

If You are travelling to foreign country these are the attestation and corresponding authorities you need 

Notary Attestation – Notary Public 

SDM Attestation – Sub Divisional Magistrate 

Home Department Attestation  – State Government 

HRD Attestation – State Government

Apostille Attestation – Ministry of External Affairs 

Embassy Attestation – Embassies in India

How is attestation done?

If You are travelling to foreign country these are the steps you need to get attestation 

  1. Notary Attestation
  2. SDM Attestation / HRD Attestation ( for Educational documents) / Home Department Attestation ( FOr non Educational Documents )
  3. MEA Attestation
  4. Embassy Attestation 

Can attestation be done online?

Yes –  Online Meaning you don’t have to travel anywhere, but you need to provide original documents to Us. We will get complete Attestation done for you.

Register here to get attestation online 

How do I attest my certificates?

Below are the process that needs to be done to get attestation 

  1. Notary Attestation
  2. SDM Attestation / HRD Attestation ( for Educational documents) / Home Department Attestation ( FOr non Educational Documents )
  3. MEA Attestation
  4. Embassy Attestation 

How many days will it take for certificate attestation?

Attestation time depends on the travelling country. Some countries get the documents attested quickly and some countries get it delayed 

Timer varies from 4 days to 14 days 

Check with the Attestation Expert they will have the exact dates.

If you want to Get Attestation service in india for any document means either you can go for offical website of respective Department or contact any professional attestation service provider for better reach.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

Read here for further details on how to get apostille.

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.