Apostille Attestation

The Hague Convention of October 1961 Abolished the Requirement of Legalization of foreign public documents. The Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all other member countries who are signatories to the Hague Convention. Apostille is affixed by competent authorities designated by the government of a country which is party to the convention. Apostille is done for personal documents like Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates, Affidavits, Educational documents like Degrees, Diplomas, Secondary level Certificates etc.

Apostille stamp is a square shaped computer generated sticker, pasted on reverse of the Original Documents by the MEA, India. MEA Apostille Stamp is a unique sticker having a unique identification number, through which any member country of The Hague convention can check its authenticity online. Under normal circumstances, once the document has been Apostilled by MEA, it does not need to be attested any more from the concerned foreign embassy.

Step 1: Authentication of documents

All original documents/certificates requiring MEA to issue Apostille must be first authenticated by the designated authorities of the State/Union Territory from where the document is issued. Apostille can only be issued by MEA when the respective relevant state authority has attested a particular document. A list of the Regional Authentication Centers and the designated authorities can be seen on the MEA website

Step 2: Legalization of documents

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) thereafter, issues the Apostille on the document on the basis of the signature and seal of the designated authorities of the State Government concerned. Hence, MEA does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents. Broadly, there are three types of documents for Apostille procedures –

Countries That Accept Apostille

Following are the countries that have signed The Hague Convention and are member of it. As they are signatory members of the Apostille treaty they do not require a compulsory MEA general attestation and demand MEA to issue Apostille to the documents intended to be used in their country. But the requirement of attestation and Apostille can vary depending upon the type of document:

Albania
Andorra
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada
Chile
China, People’s Republic of
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
European Union
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Korea, Republic of
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
The former Yugoslav Macedonia
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom of Great
Britain and
Northern Ireland
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Zambia

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