What does an Apostille Certificate look like?

An Apostille Certificate is a square approximately 9cm long, usually stamped onto the reverse side of a single page public document or attached with green ribbon to a document having more than one page or with insufficient space to place the Certificate on the reverse side of a single page document.

It is formatted into numbered fields to allow certified data to be easily identified by the receiving country, regardless of the official language of the issuing country. It is also dated, numbered, registered and impressed with the official seal of the government department which issues it.

The Certificate's official issue and registration may be readily verified by means of a simple request for information addressed to the country's issuing government department from where it originated.

If a public document consists of more than one page, all pages are bound together into a single bundle and tied firmly with green notary ribbon or tape, with the Certificate attached to it on a separate sheet of paper.

View an example of a typical South-African Apostille Certificate.

Louwrens Koen Attorneys offers an comprehensive document legalisation service either through the use of an Apostille Certificate or through the more onerous Authentication method. Which process to use is dependent an various factors. Should you have any any questions as contact us that we can discuss your specific needs.  



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