Birth Certificate with Apostille

Birth certificate is the first document you get from the government. First your birth will be registered in hospital and later the birth certificate will be issued from municipal corporation. In the old birth certificates, name of the person will not be there because traditionally people were used to name their baby after 1 month of birth. So for the older birth certificates, you need to get the birth certificate reissued.

Birth certificates without name will  also be processed but the name on the Apostille will be blank.

Birth certificate issued in india needs to get apostille to use it in Foreign country.

Apostille is only given by Ministry of external affairs (MEA). Basically there are 2 kinds of Apostille. Choosing the right one, will save you time and money. A correct Apostille will prevent rejection from the embassy of the country you are travelling.

It is a way to legalize your documents. If you are travelling or doing business in abroad the rule is that all the relevant documents needs to be processed through MEA for verification purpose, MEA will provide a sticker which is called apostille. This sticker (Apostille ) will contain a tracking number for the country you are travelling through which authenticity of the documents can be verified.
It is always better to get all the relevant documents apostilled before leaving the country. 

Below are the situations where you need MEA attestation for birth certificate .

  1. Travelling on work VISA 
  2. Travelling on dependent Visa(wife or husband) 
  3. For kids schooling in foreign country (Schools need birth certificate of your kids to get them admitted in school).
  4. Student visa (Universities & consulate  need this to verify your age)

Below are the procedures for birth certificate attestation?

There are two ways of getting apostille to any certificate.

  1. State authentication + MEA apostille 
  2. SDM authentication + MEA apostille 

When to get state authentication and MEA Birth certificate apostille?

Every document in India belongs to one of the 29 states or union territory. You need to get state authentication first.
First check whether your destination country belongs to Hague nation list or not.
If it’s not in the list or your travelling country is Austria or Italy you must get state attestation.
Or if your document belongs to Punjab, Haryana, and Goa then you have to get state attestation whether your destination country belongs to hague nation or not.

Getting state authentication is highly time consuming and complex process. Generally It takes 3-4 working weeks to complete.

When to get SDM authentication and MEA Apostille for Birth certificate?

If your travelling destination belongs to Hague nation then you can go for SDM Authentication.

But if your documents belong to Punjab, Haryana, and Goa then the cost of SDM Authentication increases.

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Which one is better?

Since there are 2 ways of doing an apostille choosing which kind of MEA attestation becomes important.
Choosing the kind of apostille depends on the destination country you are travelling.
If you are travelling destination is in Hague nation list then SDM is good for you. It takes less time and money.
But there are exception countries such Austria and Italy even though they are in hague nation list, they require state attestation.
If the travel destination is not a hague nation, then you must get state attestation. MEA and Embassy attetstations are mandatory for countries which doesnt belong to hague nation.

Validity of apostille?

All the MEA Apostilles either through state or SDM Attestation has a validity of 6 months. If you have got apostille 6 months back then you should get a new apostille.

What all documents are required to get apostille birth certificate?

Ministry of external affairs (MEA) only accepts original document to put apostille.
We need Your original or online verified document.

In addition to that we need Passport photocopy of the person  on whose name the document was issued.

How do we help you with apostille ?

From 2012, the number of documents submitted to MEA for apostille escalated rapidly. It was difficult for MEA to collect and distribute all the documents.

In 2012, MEA outsourced that job to us, It no longer accepts documents directly from citizen.


How do I apply for MEA Apostille Marriage certificate or any certificate?

You can register here and get your doubts cleared. Since Apostille can be a little bit tricky it’s always good to talk to the experts. 

Talk to us to get all the information regarding the process.


You can also read following articles for clearer picture.

Steps involved in Apostille

An Apostille contains following details in it:

Request For Apostille

Provide applicant details

Frequently asked questions

To get USA Birth Certificate Apostille in India you need to have the original document issued from USA which is again verified, sealed & signed by Indian Embassy/Consulate in USA. And one more way is, go to USA Consulate/Embassy in India and get it verified, sealed and signed. Apostille in India will be from MEA which is in Delhi. You will find Apostille Service providers in any city, but Apostille/attestation will be from Ministry of External Affairs. There are so many Apostille Service providers in India, but Ministry has given Authority to only 5 agencies. Before going with any agency please check for the legal, valid and approved one. Similarly do the same thing with service provider as well. 

To get USA Birth Certificate Apostille in India,

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

To get Police Clearance Certificate Apostille in India, you need to follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Apply for PCC from Passport office.
  2. After police verification, you will receive PCC from passport office.
  3. Once you receive the PCC, Please do the following.
  • Register here
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.

To get Degree Attested from HRD in Delhi, your documents must be issued from Delhi State Universities and then you need to go to your respective universities fill the form and Fees for state attestation or HRD verification. After university verification go to District Collectors office and submit the documents to Secretariat of your district for HRD attestation. It usually takes 25 to 30 working days for the complete process. Prices and Duration for the HRD Attestation process in Delhi varies from Board to Board and University to University.

To get your documents HRD Attestation in Delhi

Yes. Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA ) attestation required for all the documents that you want to use in other Countries apart from India. Attestation is legalization from MEA. Ministry of External Affairs is the only authority that can give Attestation / Legalization / Apostille to any documents issued from respective states or central departments, private entities. For MEA Attestation in India to your Documents please do the following.

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

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