Apostilling documents in South Africa is a process that enables documents to be authenticated by Dirco. This authentication is known as an Apostille. An Apostille is a form of authentication that certifies a document as genuine and valid; it is internationally recognised and accepted as proof of authenticity in all countries that form part of the Hague Convention.
Legalisation is the process of authenticating a document for use in countries that are not part of the Hague Convention. When documents are legalised, they are verified and accepted as genuine by an authority in the country where the document will be used.
In South Africa, documents such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, educational certificates, and diplomas can be Apostilled. Apostilling document is a simple process that must be done before documents can be used for legal purposes in another country.
To Apostille a document in South Africa, you must first obtain an original copy of the document from the issuing body. The document must then be signed by a notary public, who will certify the document as genuine. Once the document is notarized, it must be presented to Dirco for authentication. They will then issue an Apostille, which will certify the document as valid and genuine.
How to Get Documents Apostille When Living Abroad
If you live abroad and need to get legal documents apostilled in South Africa, the most straightforward and quickest way to do so is to use a document agent. DocAssist is one such agent that can help you with the process. We’ll take care of the whole process – all you need to do is provide us with the necessary documents and information, and we’ll send it to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) to be apostilled. Once it’s been apostilled, we’ll send it to you via DHL. If you’d like to find out more or to get started, get in touch with us today!