Legalising Documents - Apostille Certificates

An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority, a notary public such as Van Deventer & Van Deventer Incorporated , in a country where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, Apostille Convention, is in force.

List of documents we frequently legalise

Virtually any public document can be legalised by an Apostille Certificate.

Here is a list of Popular South-African Public Documents that is Apostilled:

  • Consent letter for children to travel or visit overseas;
  • Powers of Attorney;
  • University, School degrees, certificates and transcripts, Notarial copies of documents certified by a Notary Public;
  • Doctor and Dentist applications for overseas appointments;
  • Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates;
  • Change of Name, Marital status documents;
  • Land Transfer documents;
  • Certificate of Incorporation of South-African Company;
  • Notarised copy of Passport, Drivers Licence and other identity documents;
  • Divorce Decree issued by the Court;
  • Police Clearance Certificate issued by South-African Police Services; Miscellaneous notarised documents for use overseas.

The list is not exhaustive.

Academic Qualification Documents Legalised

Legalising South-African Academic Credentials, Certificates, Degrees, Diplomas, Academic Transcripts and School records for use outside the borders of South-Africa.

South-African Academic Credentials intended for use in another country must be "Appostilled", "authenticated" or "legalized" in order to be recognized as valid in the foreign country.

The number and type of authentication certificates you will need depend on the nature of the document and whether or not the foreign country is a party to the multilateral treaty on "legalization" of documents.

We provide authentication (legalisation) services on Educational documents that will be used in foreign countries which service could inter alia include:

  • Obtain Department of education certification of the tertiary institution; Notarisation of certificates;
  • Obtain Apostilles for documents intended for use in the Hague Convention countries;
  • Obtain certification for non Hague Convention countries (Department of Foreign Affairs);
  • Embassy (Consulate) legalisation.

Van Deventer & Van Deventer Incorporated - Attorneys & Notaries Cape Town & Johannesburg

Contact us for all your notarial requirements and expert legal advice.


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