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Apostille Services in Chennai

MEA Apostille Process for chennai Issued documents

First Thing to know is what is apostille ?

Apostille is a sticker given from ministry of external affairs. Apostille is a proof of originality of the document. The country you are travelling Will ask you to get apostille because the traveling country government wants to be sure that the documents you submit are original not a fake document.

Birth certificate MEA apostille
A Typical apostille From Ministry of external affairs India

What all documents can be apostilled?

All the documents which are issued from registered authority private or public in Tamil Nadu/Chennai can be apostilled. Example Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, Educational certificate, affidavits Etc..

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

How to get apostille for Chennai/ Tamil Nadu issued documents?


There are 2 Ways of getting an apostille for a any document.

  1. Through State attetstation (Slower process)
  2. Through Sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Attestation (Faster Process)

Both the processes are valid. 
With state attestation all the educational documents issued in Chennai/Tamil nadu will go through HRD attestation for non educational documents such as marriage or birth will go through State Home department. These govt bodies HRD & Home department follow a strict verification rule thats why it take time to get these seal. It will take nealy 4 weeks to get these seals.

With Sub Divisional Magistrate attestation Your documents Educational or non educational will first pass through Notary then Sub divisional Magistrate and later with Ministry of External affairs.
This is a quicker process time taken varies between 4 days to 14 days.

All the apostille regardless of the process State or SDM will have 6 months validity.
If your apostille is older than 6 months then you need to consult the consulate of the travelling country whether it requires new apostille or not. 

Which Apostille is good for Chennai/ Tamil Nadu Issued documents.

It depends on the Country you are travelling and time and money contrain you have.
If you are travelling to Austria and  Itally it is always advised to go for State authentication rather than SDM. If you are travelling to other Hague countries other than Italy and austria you can go for SDM authentication. 
If you have lot of time and money you can go for State authentication regardless of the country you are travelling. 
If you are in different city than the city that the document is issued we would suggest you to go for SDM authentication since State authentication require you to visit the office multiple times.

What are all the Documents Required to do apostille?

–>Original document that you want to apostille 
–> Passport photocopies of the person whose name is mentioned in the document 
       If an affidavit mentions 10 names we need all 10 people passport photocopies.

That’s it you are on your way to getting an apostille.

Register for Apostille to Get your Documents Apostille

Register for Online MEA Apostille

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Steps involved in Apostille

Following are the details an Apostille contains: