Apostille Certificate Services Pretoria

Document Legalisation Made Simple

Louwrens Koen Attorneys provides a fast apostille service and embassy attestation to assist you in legalising your South African documents for use overseas. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations so that the document can be used for official purposes outside ofSouth Africa. It is also referred to as document legalisation, document authentication or document attestation. Many countries also ask that you get your documents attested by their South African embassy or Consulate. We provide a complete legalisation service for all South African documents

It may be the first time you have heard of an Apostille Certificate. An Apostille Certificate is only ever required if you have dealings outside of South Africa which involve some form of official paperwork. Apostilles are required for work, business, legal issues and personal matters. The most common requirements for an Apostille Certificate are overseas marriage, registering births, working or teaching abroad, foreign property purchases and business transactions or contracts.

This website has been produced to help you obtain the Apostille Legalisation Certificate and stamp from the correct government office in an efficient manner and to provide you with more information. Please use this site as a resource but should you need to speak to an advisor do not hesitate to call us on our South African phone number 087 0010 733 or see our full contact details on our contact us page.

It typically only takes 24 hours to 7 days for the South African Apostille Certificate to be attached to your document. We pride ourselves on offering an expert service ensuring your document is legalised in the appropriate way.

There are often several ways to legalise a document but typically only one way will be accepted by the country the document is intended for. This is where our service really comes into its own, our vast experience ensures your document is accepted by the authority you intend to present it to.

Apostille Document Legalisation Experts

We are able to provide apostilles for virtually all South African documents and certificates. For a guide to some of the documents that we regularly process please see our apostille documents page.The process of issuing an apostille certificate varies from one document to another. The key to our service is ensuring your document is presented to the High Court, DIRCO and/or Embassy with the appropriate seals and signatures to ensure the Apostille Certificate is issued without delay and that ultimately your documents are accepted when presented to any interested parties outside of South Africa. We can also translate your documents.

Visit our document translation page for more information. We have been providing this legalisation service since 2010 and have a wealth of experience so can deal with virtually any South African document and also offer further legalisation via individual embassies in South Africa if needed. While your documents are in our possession we take the greatest of care to ensure the security of your often valuable paperwork. Do not leave your documents to chance when ordering an apostille

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How to Order or get a Quotation

Most customers order and quote online. Submit online form and we will get right back to you. If you are not sure how to complete the order form or need any advice on additional service do not hesitate to message us for profesional free advice. Tel: 0870010733.

Get Quotation - Get Started

Most customers order and quote online. Submit online form and we will get right back to you. If you are not sure how to complete the order form or need any advice on additional service do not hesitate to message us for profesional free advice. Tel: 0870010733.

Documents we Frequently Notarise and Authenticate with Apostille Certificate

What is the use and function of an Apostille Certificate? When should I use an Apostille?

Before starting the document legalisation process of your South African public documents, you’ll need to verify the appropriate process to follow by ascertaining that the destination country where your document will be used is have subscribed to the Hague Apostille Convention (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Consular Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). A South Africa public documents must be legalised or authenticated using the Apostille Certificate if the the destination country have subscribed to the Apostille Convention. List of Apostille Countries South Africa is a subscribing country to the Hague Apostille Convention Under this Convention, member countries (contracting states) have agreed to an truncated more efficient document legalisation and authentication process namely an Apostille Certificate by an South African designated (Competent) authority

The Convention thus facilitates a more efficient verification process of public documents. Apostille certificates is thus required for all contracting states of the Hague Apostille Convention. When the destination country of your South African document is nopt a subsribing member to the Hague Apostille Convention, such document will have to be legalised using the longer chain document “authentication’ and verification process regulated by High Court Rule 63 of the Uniform Rules of Court as the verification of any signature on a document.

What does an Apostille from South Africa look like?

How and why is the Apostille bound and attached?

The apostille certificate is attached and sealed to another document that is required in another country. This is done as a failsafe against tampering. After a document has been checked and the signatures or stamps have been verified the apostille can be issued. We aim to complete all apostille orders in just 1 – 14 working days and currently achieve this with approximately 98% of orders. In most circumstances documents are ready in just 24 hours. We are a leading apostille service. With over 10 years experience legalising documents we are trusted by customers to handle their order securely and quickly.

Still have questions?

We know that everyone's situation is unique and may have different notary services or document legalisation needs. Our document legalisation specialists will work closely with you to ensure that all documents receive the proper certification that is required for the relevant country and situation. If you would like to clarify the process on your documents or have any special requests, please Message Us