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Apostille Attestation for Estonia

What is an Apostille Stamp? What details are mentioned in the Apostille for documents issued in Estonia?​

Apostille is needed for all persons who want certification on their documents. This is done to make the process faster and easy. An apostille stamp is affixed by the Ministry of External Affairs for the Apostille Attestation for Estonia and to certify the authenticity of the document. There is a complete procedure followed for the apostille attestation for Estonia and this needs expertise. The apostille stamp is placed only after the document is verified as genuine. The following details are typically included in the Apostille:

  • Certificate No.: A unique identification number is assigned to the certificate.
  • Certificate Issued Date: The date of issuance of the certificate, formatted as dd/mm/yyyy.
  • Account Reference: An alphanumeric code is provided for reference purposes.
  • Unique Document Reference: A specific alphanumeric code assigned to the document.
  • Purchased by: The name of the applicant who requested the apostille.
  • Description of Document: A brief description of the type of document, such as an affidavit or certificate.
  • Consideration Price (Rs.): The amount paid for the apostille service, typically mentioned as zero for Estonia.
  • First Party: The name of the individual or entity associated with the document.
  • Second Party: Not applicable (N/A).
  • Stamp Duty Paid By: The name of the person who paid the stamp duty.
  • Stamp Duty Amount (Rs.): The monetary value of the stamp duty.

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

Why is document attestation necessary?​

Document attestation holds significant importance for various reasons, some of which are explained below: 

  • Legalizing a regular certificate for official use.
  • Obtaining a visa for a specific country.
  • A compulsory requirement for Hague Convention member countries.
  • Using documents in a foreign country.
  • To speed up the verification process in a foreign country.
  • Eliminating the need for Embassy Attestation.

What types of documents require an apostille?

Any person who wants to use a document for official use needs to have an apostille stamp. The stamping can be done on any document but generally, the documents are categorized into three main types:

  • Personal Documents: These include birth certificates, marriage certificates, single status certificates, police clearance certificates, etc.
  • Educational Documents: This category comprises degree certificates, diplomas, transcripts, etc.
  • Commercial Documents: Business-related documents such as company registrations, contracts, powers of attorney, etc.

What documents are needed for the apostille attestation for Estonia?​

For the apostille attestation for Estonia, the following documents are required:

  • Major Documents: The original certificate that needs to be apostilled, which could be a birth certificate, marriage certificate, police clearance certificate, educational certificate, or any other personal, educational, or commercial document.
  • Supporting Documents: Photocopies of a valid license, the front and last page of the passport, and the Aadhar Card.

What is the procedure for apostille attestation for Estonia? ​

The apostille attestation for Estonia typically involves the following steps:

  • Notary Attestation: This is the initial step where the documents are carefully verified, and if found genuine, the notary provides attestation. The notary will place a signature that let the foreign country know that the information is correct. 
  • SDM/State Attestation: In this step, the documents undergo attestation by the SDM or the State authority. The documents are examined, and if found authentic, a stamp and signature are placed. A similar procedure of attestation is followed by SDM and the state. But there is a big difference in the time frame of the attestation procedure. 

The attestation that is done by SDM is completed in just three to five days. However, on the other side,  state attestation is a lengthy process. This might be due to a rush at the authorities. It takes approximately three to four weeks to finish the state attestation. So, SDM attestation is a better choice if state attestation is not demanded by the other country. 

  • Ministry of External Affairs: The MEA verifies all major and supporting documents in detail. Upon successful verification, an apostille stamp is placed on the documents, indicating their legality and validity. This is the last step for all the documents that are to be presented in the Hague Nations. There is a unique number on the back of the document that has an apostille stamp. This number helps the other country know that the details are accurate and also assists in online information. 
  • Embassy Attestation: This step is required for countries outside the scope of the Hague Convention or for countries specifically requesting embassy attestation. Original certificates and their photocopies are submitted to the embassy, and after thorough inspection, they are sealed and stamped.

Please note that embassy attestation is not required for Hague Convention member countries, where the process involves Notary Attestation, SDM/State Attestation, and MEA Apostille.

What is document translation?

Document translation involves converting the language of a document into the official language required for official purposes. It is crucial to have a certified professional translator with complete knowledge and fluency in both languages. Accuracy is vital as the translated documents are presented to authorities, without any errors. So, register here to know more about translation and apostille attestation for Estonia.

How much time does the apostille attestation for Estonia usually take?​

The apostille attestation for Estonia typically takes around ten to fifteen days. However, the time duration may vary due to unforeseen circumstances or a high volume of applications, which can cause additional delays. It is advisable to consult a reputable and reliable apostille service provider to obtain more precise information regarding the duration.

What are the charges for document translation and apostille attestation for Estonia?

The charges for document translation and apostille attestation for Estonia depend on the specific document and its content. Similarly, the fees for apostille services vary based on the document type and the number of documents involved. 

Additionally, there are charges associated with attestation at different levels of authority, which further contribute to the overall cost. The fees charged by the apostille service provider also play a big role. To obtain accurate information regarding the charges, it is recommended to register for apostille and give your details for quick and best apostille services.

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