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SDM Attestation in India

SDM full form is Sub Divisional Magistrate. Attestation done by the SDM is called SDM Attestation.

SDM Attestation is done as an alternate process for HRD Attestation and Home Department Attestation.

Home Department Attestation/ HRD Attestation takes a 1 month to get complete however SDM Attestation takes 5-6 working days to get the attestation done.

Unlike HRD Attestation which is done only for educational documents, HRD Attestation is done for all kinds of document educational and non educational documents.

Documents such as birth, degree marriage will get SDM Attestation before they are being processed to Apostille.

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

What is Apostille?

Apostille is an attestation process which verifies the genuinity, Originality and the correctness of any given document. Apostille is done by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Apostille is done if you are submitting any Indian issued documents in foreign country. Anyone who is travelling to foreign country under a long term visa needs to get apostille for relevant documents.

SDM Attestation is a Mandatory process for Apostille Process.

Below are the steps involved in getting apostille 

  1. Notary Attestation 
  2. SDM Attestation 
  3. MEA Attestation 
  4. Apostille Attestation by MEA Delhi 

SDM Attestation

SDM Attestation is done prior to Embassy Attestation also. If you are travelling to Non Hague countries such as UAE, Qatar, Kuwait you need to get an Embassy Attestation for the documents that you will use in foreign country.

All countries embassy request for SDM Attestation to be done before submitting the documents for Embassy Attestation 

Below are the steps for embassy attestation done for Non Hague Countries

  1. Notary Attestation 
  2. SDM Attestation 
  3. MEA Attestation 
  4. EMbassy Attestation 

For both apostille and embassy attestation purpose SDM is Done. for all the documents submitted for Apostille or embassy attestation throughout  india SDM Delhi will attest the documents.

What is the time Taken to get SDM Attestation

Time taken by SDM Attestation verifies depending on the number of document that are submitted to sdm on a given day for verification.

Less number of documents quicker the process., Generally it will take 1-7 days to get SDM Attestation done in Delhi

What documents are needed for SDM Apostille Attestation?

If you want to do Apostille through SDM Attestation below are the documents required

  1. Original document that you need Attestation
  2. Passport scan copy first and last information page of the document holder 
  3. If its marriage certificate both Husband and wife Passport scan copy is needed.

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