Apostille certificate services


Louwrens Koen Attorneys specialise in obtaining Apostille Certificates for all original South-African public, company, commercial and educational documents.

Apostille is a French word (pronounced "ah-poh-steel"), meaning a certificate issued by a government of a country, authenticating the signature and or seal of a public official on a public document issued by that country, and  intended for use in a foreign country.

South-African  public, company, commercial or educational documents, including documents witnessed, certified and sealed by an South-African  Notary Public,  when affixed or attached with an Apostille Certificate issued by the South-African  Government, will automatically be accepted for legal use in foreign countries signatories to the Hague Convention.

Apostille Certificates are restricted in their use to those countries which are signatories to The Hague Convention otherwise a full embassy or consulate legalisation procedure necessary.

As at 1st January, 2010, the following countries have AGREED to participate in "The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents"

Albania

Lithuania

Andorra

Luxembourg

Antigua & Barbuda

Macau (SAR of China)

Argentina

Macedonia

Armenia

Malawi

Aruba

Malta

Australia

Marshall Islands

Austria

Mauritius

Azerbaijan

Mexico

Bahamas

Moldova

Bahrain

Monaco

Barbados

Mongolia

Belarus

Montenegro

Belgium

Montserrat

Belize

Namibia

Bermuda

Netherlands (The), including:
Aruba,  Suriname, Netherlands Antilles: (Curacao, Bonaire, St Martin, St Eustatius, and  Sabah)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

New Zealand

Botswana

Niue

British Guyana

Norway

Brunei Darussalam

Oman

Bulgaria

Peru

Cape Verde

Panama

Cayman Islands

Poland

China (Hong Kong-Special Administrative Region (SAR) only)

Portugal

Colombia

Romania

Comoros Islands

Russian Federation

Cook Islands

St. Christopher (Kitts) & Nevis

Costa Rica

St. Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

Croatia

St. Helena

Cyprus

St Pierre & Miquelon

Czech Republic

St. Lucia

Denmark

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Dominica

Samoa

Dominican Republic

San Marino, Republic of

Ecuador

Sao Tome and Principe

El Salvador

Serbia

Estonia

Seychelles

Fiji

Slovakia

Finland

Slovenia

France  including:
French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe,   Martinique, New Caledonia, Reunion, St. Pierre,  Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna

South Africa

Germany

South Korea

Georgia

Spain

Greece

Suriname

Grenada

Swaziland

Guernsey

Sweden

Guyana

Switzerland

Hong Kong (SAR of China)

Tonga

Honduras

Trinidad and Tobago

Hungary

Turkey

Iceland

Tuvalu

India

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland,  including:
Anguilla, Guernsey, Bahamas, Isle of Man, Barbados, Jersey, Bermuda, Montserrat, British Antarctic Territory                , St. Georgia & the South, Sandwich Island,    British Virgin Islands, St Helena Cayman Islands,              Tonga & Caicos Islands, Dominica, Turks & Caicos, Falkland Islands, Virgin Islands, British Gibraltar

Ireland

United States of America, including:
50 USA States, The District of Columbia, American Samoa,               Guam (Territory of), Puerto Rico and  US Virgin Islands

Isle of Man

Ukraine

Israel

Uruguay

Italy

Uzbekistan

Japan

Vanuatu

Kazakhstan

Venezuela

Korea (Republic of)

Yugoslavia

Latvia

 

Lesotho

 

Liberia

 

Liechtenstein

 

 

 

 

An Apostille Certificate is the appropriate form of legalisation, if your South-African South-African  public document is required to operate in any of the above participating Hague Convention countries.

 
 
 

How to order our Apostille or Legalisation Service
1. Personally Attend at our Offices-We have a Notary Public in attendance at our Pretoria office from 8.00 am to 15h30 pm Monday to Friday to notarise documents and to personally accept orders for all Apostille Certificates and Embassy legalisations. We accept online and mail orders for Apostille Certificates and Embassy legalisations from overseas clients, as well as from clients who may be located anywhere in South-Africa

2. Complete and submit ONLINE QUOTATION FORM-On acceptance of the quotation you may then either courier or express post your documents to us with copy of downloaded online order form, or attend our office to deliver to us. We also provide notary services if your document needs to be witnessed or attested by a NOTARY PUBLIC Your signature to an international document can only be witnessed or attested personally by a South-African Public Notary. Our most frequently requested documents for notarisation apostille and legalisation services are Birth, Death, Marriage, Single Status, and Divorce Certificates, Powers of Attorney, Police Clearance Certificates, notarised/certified copies of ID pages or Passports, parental consent for child to travel and notarised/certified/copies of educational documents.

Please Note:
We welcome instructions from anywhere in the world and we especially welcome orders from South-African “expats” requiring Apostille or legalisation services. Apostille Certificates are only issued in South-Africa and not from overseas South-African Embassies. We recommend that orders be delivered by express post via the South-African Postal Services Speed Courier Services or by reliable courier (especially if sent from overseas). See our postal and courier address below.


Our services are fast and confidential. We presently have a two (1) day turnaround time for issue of APOSTILLE CERTIFICATES (from date of receipt of your document at our office to return delivery). We are not a government department but a South-African Attorney and Notary firm who specialises in legalisation of international
documents. We attend to all your requirements on a personal basis and confidential basis.

If you are unsure whether you require an Apostille Certificate, Legalisation or a Embassy legalisation of your document Click here or contact us for an detailed explanation of the process, time frames and costs. If your requirements are complicated or you are experiencing difficulty in following the procedures outlined on this
web page, request assistance by contacting us.

Contact Details
Telephone:    +27 (0) 87 001 0733
Cell:               +27(0) 82 880 5646
E-mail:           
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Written by Louwrens Koen Saturday, 18 February 2017 Posted in Apostille FAQ
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