What is Legalization?
To understand legalization first we need to understand Hague convention.
On 5th October 1961 certain countries came together to form a group where in the group members will enjoy a special right that’s the Documents which are issued in member countries can be used in any country of the member country without legalizing the document.
India is a member of this Hague Convention Since July 14th 2005, since then if you are travelling to any Hague nation legalizing is not required for you.
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So what is Legalization!!
When the country you are travelling does not belong to the Hague Convention, After getting the apostille on the document you must goto travelling countries Consulate or Embassy in your Country and get a seal from consulate for verifying the document on their behalf.
Example your document is issued in Karnataka or Delhi India and you want to travel to a non hague Nation such as Qatar Following are the steps to get your document legalized.
- Get Notary from any notary service.
- Get state attestation from the state where the document was issued
- Get the apostille from Ministry of external Affairs in Delhi
- Finally go to qatar embassy and get Qatar embassy attestation
If you are travelling to a Hague nation such as any Europeans nation you don’t need the last step which embassy attestation. in third step MEA will provide Apostille which is valid for all the 117 Hague Nations.
Step 2 – which is state attestation takes too much of time since there is a lot of verification needed to get state attestation. However in order to fasten the process of apostille instead of state attestation we do SDM Attestation from court. This is also valid procedure for apostille.
Through SDM attestation the Apostille can be done as fast as 3 days, the state attestation takes 30 working days.
Use below form to register yourself to get the apostille at your door step.
All the above mentioned attestation will be habdled.