You have likely heard of the term “Apostille” if you plan on immigrating or working abroad. In order to apply for a visa, you need to submit certain documents, but what exactly does it mean to apostille these documents?


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria issues Apostilles to confirm that the authenticity or legalization of a South African document has been verified.

How Much Does It Cost to Apostille a Document?

Apostille/Authentication by DIRCO in Pretoria will cost you R875 per document. 

What Documents Need to Be Apostilled?

You may have to apostille any documents needed for work or travel. Here are some examples:


  • Birth certificates (Abridged and unabridged)
  • Marriage certificates & Letters of No Impediment
  • Police Clearance Certificates
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Educational Documents such as degrees, diplomas and certificates

What Is the Process for Apostilling a Document in South Africa?

The legalisation section may require stamps or signatures from the appropriate institution or department, a magistrate or assistant magistrate, a registrar or assistant registrar of the High Court of South Africa – depending on the type of documentation.

Is It Possible to Apostille Documents from Abroad?

Apostilling can only be done on South African documents and takes place in South Africa. You can have your documents Apostilled and sent to you via DHL if you are outside South Africa. The documents need to be sent to us, and we will make arrangements to receive them and send them to you.

How Long Does It Take to Apostille South African Documents?

Dirco currently takes 4-6 weeks to process Apostille Document orders. It will be much quicker if you use a service like DocAssist. Our Apostille process takes approximately seven working days once we receive your documents.

Who Can Apostille Documents?

Apostilled documents can only be obtained from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria.

What Is the Validity Period of an Apostille in South Africa?

Please be advised that these documents are only valid for six months from the date of issue. 


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