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Certificate attestation, apostille legalization, authentication of certificate in Trivandrum, kollam, pathanamthitta


Apostille is a special type of attestation for the counties who is member of which signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, popularly known as The Hague Convention.

It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries. Such a certification is called an apostille (a French word meaning certification).

There are currently over 60 member states of the Hague convention. Virtually any official document can be legalized through the Apostille process.

All original documents requiring attestation or Apostille should be first authenticated by the designated agencies in the State from where the document has been issued. In case of personal documents, Home Department/General Administration Department are the designated authorities. In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by the Education Department of the concerned State Government/Union Territory. The details of the Regional Authentication Centre (RACs) in the States/UTs from where the documents should first be authenticated are given below. The Ministry of External Affairs attests the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce; hence it does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents. 

Commercial Documents:- Commercial Documents are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce before these can be attested by the Ministry of External Affairs. 

Apostille:India is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostille is acceptable in 98 member-countries of the Convention. Appostille is done for personal documents like birth/death/marriage certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc., and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates etc. 

The following supporting documents are to be submitted along with the original document. 

(i) A Photo copy of the document to be attested and 

(ii) A Photocopy of the Passport whose document required to be legalized only on 

(iii) Only original documents are legalized and not on photo copies.