Apostille

APOSTILLE ATTESTATION FROM THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS (MEA)

India, since 2005, is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 that abolished the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostille is acceptable in 81 member-countries of the Convention.

Apostille is done on personal documents like Birth/Death/Marriage Certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc. & and educational documents like Degree, Diploma, Matriculation and Secondary Level Certificates etc. Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all the other 80 member-countries, signatory to the referred convention of 1961 thus greatly simplifying the process of attestation by making it needless to get the documents attested in each or for each of the countries separately.

Under normal circumstances, once the document is Apostilled, it does not require to be attested further from the concerned embassy. For the list of countries that require documents to be Apostilled, please refer to the following link. (click here)

Attestation Procedure :-

Educational Documents

Process:1

State Education Department (HRD/GAD/Regional Attestation Centre) Attestation of the concerned state
Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (Apostille)

Process 2 (Case Specific):

Attestation from Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM);
Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (Apostille)

Non-Educational Documents

Process: 1

State Home Department Attestation of the respective state
Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (Apostille)

Process 2 (Case Specific):

Attestation by the Home Department of Maharashtra State
Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (Apostille)

Commercial Documents

Attestation from Chamber Of Commerce;
Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs (Apostille)

The following documents are required for Attestation of Educational and Personal documents:

Original documents to be attested
One clear photocopy of the passport

In the case of Commercial Document Attestation, following documents are required to be submitted:

Original documents duly attested by the respective Chamber of Commerce under the name and designation seal of the Attesting Officer and the seal of the Chamber of Commerce.;
One clear photocopy of all the documents.