Can Laminated or Certified documents be used.
Neither Laminated or Certified documents are accepted by DIRCO.
What is The difference between apostille and notarization:
A notarised document is a copy of the document which is certified by an attorney Registered at The High Court. This Proces just confirms that it is an original document without alterations.
An apostille to a document is the authentication, that the document was authenticated as been issued and signed by a specially appointed government official. The apostille is internationally accepted under a convention of The Hague. In South Africa the Apostille is issued by The Department of International Relations and Co-operation or as Generally known DIRCO
An Embassy Attested document has the same value as an Apostille document with the difference that the Apostille Certificate is substituted by an Authentication Certificate at DIRCO with a final Attestation by the relevant Embassy.
Which Documents can be presented direct to DIRCO for Apostille or Authentication ?
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- Death Certificate
- Letter of No Impediment
- Police Clearance Certificate
- Drivers License Confirmation
- SANDF Exemption Letter
What is a Notary Copy?
A notarized copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy of the original by an attorney who is registered as a Notary Public at the High Court.
These copies can be Apostilled and Authenticated.
What if I need a Certified Translation ?
A certified translation is one that fulfills the requirements in the country in question, enabling it to be used in formal procedures, with the translator accepting responsibility for its accuracy. In South Africa these translators are registered at the local High Court. These translations can be Apostilled or Attested for use outside of South Africa.
Which Documents must first be Authenticated before presenting them to DIRCO?
The following documents must first be presented to the relevant authorities to be Authenticated.
- All Qualifications.
- Medical Certificates.
- School Transfer Documents.