South-African educational documents... Can they be legalised or apostilled?

South-African educational documents are not public documents and cannot be apostilled or legalised standing alone without certification.


Educational documents may include...

University or Tertiary Degrees | Diplomas | Certificates | Academic Transcripts | Trade Certificates | | Matriculation Certificates


Educational documents must first be certified by an "authorised" official from the education department.

However, a Notary Public is authorised by law to certify copies of South-African educational documents, and Apostille Certificates or embassy legalisation effected in respect of such certified copies are valid and universally accepted.

An apostilled or legalised notarised copy of an educational document has the additional advantage of preventing your original document, often of sentimental value, as well as practical, from being defaced and ensuring it remains in your control and possession for future use.

Written by Louwrens Koen Saturday, 18 February 2017 Posted in Apostille FAQ