Apostile: India is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostile is acceptable in 98 member-countries of the Convention. It is done for personal documents like birth/death/marriage certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc. and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates etc.
Procedure: All original documents requiring attestation or Apostile should be first authenticated by the designated authorities of the State from where the document has been issued. The Ministry of External Affairs legalises the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Chambers of Commerce; hence it does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents. In case of personal documents, Home/General Administration Department of the concerned State Government are the designated authorities. In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by the Education Department of the concerned State Government. Commercial Documents are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce. The details of the Regional Authentication Centres (RACs) in the States from where the documents should first be authenticated are given below. As a result to outsourcing of receipt and delivery of documents for Attestation/Apostile with effect from July 2012, no document from individuals is accepted at the Ministry of External Affairs Counter at CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe, New Delhi.
Normal Attestation is done for all the countries who are not the member of Hague Convention and where Apostile is not accepted.
Procedure for Apostile of EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS
- Authenticated by the designated authorities of the State or Sub-Divisional Magistrate.
- Apostile Sticker from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
Procedure for Apostile of NON EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTS
- Sub-Divisional Magistrate.
- Apostile sticker from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
- Turnaround time for attestation - 2/3 weeks