Apostilles in South Africa
If you plan on using legal documents outside of South Africa, you’ll have to get them apostilled at DIRCO in Pretoria, in order to ensure their validity. Before obtaining an Apostille Certificate for South African documents, you’ll need to verify that the country that will be receiving the document is a signatory to the Apostille Convention (Convention de La Haye du 5 Octobre 1961).
Any document issued in South Africa has to be apostilled or legalised when it is going to be used in a foreign country. South African diplomatic or consular representatives abroad are not permitted to issue Apostille Certificates, only Certificates of Authentication.
We offer easy apostille services quickly and efficiently. See our pricing.
Apostilles (at DIRCO in Pretoria)
High Court Authentications
Health Certificate Verification
Academic Certificate Verification
Sworn Translations (for any language), and
If you plan on using official South African documents outside of the Republic of SA within a country that does not form part of the Hague Conference, your documents cannot be apostilled for validity and verification. You must still, however, be able to prove that your documents are legitimate and have been legitimately signed by the correct authorities, which is why some additional steps may be required.
Police Clearances Certificates
To apply for visas and prove your lack of criminal record, you may need an urgent Police Clearance for South Africa, which we can obtain for you very quickly with our Basic, Standard, Quicker and EXPRESS (5-7 days) options (see pricing).
Click here to read more about SAPS Police Clearances for South Africa
Department of Home Affairs documentation
Civic Service Certificates (Birth certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death certificates, Letters of No Impediment, etc) as fast as 2 weeks
Letter of Retention of SA Citizenship
Determination of SA Citizenship
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Applications
Notary and legalisation services
In some cases, official South African documents will have to be notarised by a notary public before being apostilled.
For those applying to teach English abroad, we offer a TEFL Pack of documents.
Depending on the type of document you need to have easily apostilled or legalised, the origin of your document, and the country requesting your document, the process of legalisation or attestation may differ. Click to contact us now to enquire about pricing and timing.