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Consular Notarial Services (Legalisation of Official (Public) Documents)


Legalisation therefore basically means the process followed by which the signature and seal on an official (public) document is verified.

Note:  The full description is The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 (Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents).  Please visit The Hague Conference on Private International Law for further information on signatory countries.

Note:  South African diplomatic or consular representatives abroad can legalise official documents only if these were legalised by the relevant foreign authority in their country of accreditation, for use within South Africa.  South African diplomatic or consular representatives abroad cannot issue Apostille Certificates, only Certificates of Authentication.

The Legalisation Section provides the following service:

  • Legalises official (public) documents executed within the Republic of South Africa for use outside the Republic of South Africa by means of an Apostille Certificate or a Certificate of Authentication.
  • Provides customers with guidelines to obtain the correct signatures/documents, if documents submitted are incorrect or incomplete.
  • Provides customers with information by telephone, mail and e-mail.


  • Street: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Attention: Legalisation Section, NE2A-Ground Floor OR Tambo Building 460 Soutpansberg Road Rietondale PRETORIA, 0084
  • City: Pretoria
  • Province : Gauteng
  • South-Africa: South Africa


  • Telephone: +27 (012) 351-1726
  • Fax: Fax: (012) 329-1018
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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