If the document is intended for use in a foreign country it has to be legalized for foreign use. This is a process in which various Govt. seals are placed on the document. Many countries have joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (“The Hague convention”). The Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, “abolishes the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents and facilitates public documents executed in one state to be circulated in another. The international agreement envisages replacement of cumbersome and costly formalities of a full legalisation process with the issuance of an Apostille (also called Apostille Certificate). “In such case the only legalization required is an Apostille certificate. Once Apostille is obtained, it is automatically considered ‘valid’ and ‘acceptable’ in all the 98 Hague convention countries.

Apostille is a certificate which verifies and confirms the seal and signature of person who authenticates the document. Each Apostille is dated, given a unique reference number and registered.

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Apostille stickers are issued on certificates including birth and death, affidavits, powers of attorney, marriage certificates and educational documents like degrees, diplomas, matriculation and secondary level certificates.

  • Any document issued by an authority or by an official covered by a jurisdiction of the State, including those coming from the public prosecutor, a clerk of the court or a bailiff;
  • Administrative documents such as deeds from the public records office;
  • Notarial deeds;
  • Official declarations such as references of registration, visas for a set date and certifications of signature, applied to private agreements.

Apostille can be issued by a competent authority designated by the Country on whose territory the public document has been executed.

Home department Authentication (HRD)
Apostille Sticker from Ministry of External Affairs(MEA)

  • B Engg. / M. Engg. Certificate Attestation
  • M. Ed Certificate Attestation
  • B Tech. / M. Tech Certificate Attestation
  • Degree Certificate Attestation


Sub divisional magistrate
Apostille sticker from Ministry of External Affairs

  • Birth Certificate Attestation
  • Death Certificate Attestation
  • Divorce Certificate Attestation
  • Experience/ Employment Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate Attestation
  • Medical Certificate Attestation

As per the procedure, all documents should be first authenticated by the designated agencies in the countries from where the document has been issued. In case of personal documents, the home or general administration department of the country concerned is the designated authority. In case of educational documents, governments have opened Regional Authentication Centres for initial attestation. Documents attested by these authorities then need to be presented to ministry for issue of Apostille.

Commercial documents are excluded from the purview of the Convention.

Time frame varies from country to country. We do have express services available for some countries within 7 business working days.

ISAPL Attestation Services (a division of ISAPL Group) is a trusted partner to the Authorized agencies of Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, which manages the administrative function of the Attestation process.

  • Attestation The literary meaning of the Attestation is “The act of attending the execution of a document and bearing witness.
  • Authentication is the act of confirming the truth of an attribute of a datum or entity. This might involve confirming the identity.
  • Apostille is the simplified certification of public documents (including notarized), for their international use in all nations.
  • The literary meaning of legalization is “The process of certifying a document so that it will be recognized by the legal.
  • The Embassy attestation is compulsory for those countries which are not enlisted with Hague Convention list.