Certificate Attestation / Apostille – South Africa

South Africa is a country known for its multiethnic society. It is called a Rainbow nation due to this cultural diversity. This newly industrialized country has a thriving upper-middle income economy. Pretoria is the executive capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital, and Cape Town is the legislative capital of this country. Every year, many people plan to go out of South Africa for various reasons. They should get their documents properly apostilled for a smooth transition. BVS Global holds the expertise of handling this entire process legitimately to speed up the process of attestation/apostille.

The Process of Apostille/ Attestation in South Africa:

In South Africa, the internationally accepted principles of Hague Convention are in force. Due to this, a standard procedure is specified for the public documents in this country. These documents should be attested and certified by the designated authorities in the state-level departments and ministries in both the countries. This stamp or seal validates the authenticity of signatures done on the submitted documents. They authenticate the authority of persons who’ve signed these documents. The process typically includes:

  • Legal translation if needed.
  • State-level certifications or notarization depending on the type of documents in South Africa.
  • Attestation or Apostille from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if needed in South Africa.
  • Attestation by the Embassy officials in South Africa.

Why You Need It

When a document is attested, it eliminates all worries regarding the genuineness of the documentation and eases the process of your international endeavor. Such authentication is a legal necessity for all cross-border undertakings involving personal or career-related advancements:

  • Embassies or consulates for visa or passport issuance
  • Immigration office in case of visa application, emigration request or work status change etc.
  • World education services (WES) and International qualifications assessment (IQAS) verification
  • Equivalency requirements for Ministry of Education (MOE) or Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)

How Can We Help?

At BVS Global, we have earned a positive reputation and trust of thousands of satisfied customers due to our professionalism. We provide attestation/apostille services in over 100 countries and translation in more 200 global languages. Our focused and consistent approach make us a trusted partner for the legalization, verification, authentication, and translation services.

Our dedicated professionals always stand by your side and extend their support whenever you need it. We are a one-stop solution for all your attestation/apostille requirements that need to be completed within the stipulated timelines.

For more information about the attestation in South Africa, please feel free to contact us.

Document Attestation through BVS Global

As a complex process, requiring careful attention to details, getting a document attested demands expertise and a full understanding of the procedures involved. Handling it on your own can mean unnecessary delay, slipups and expenses.

BVS Global has years of experience in handling attestation of valuable certificates and documents legitimately, keeping in mind the security concerns and customer requirements. Our attestation services include:

  • Embassy & Consulate Attestation
  • Apostille from countries part of Hague convention
  • Attestation from state government departments and ministries

We handle attestation of Personal Documents such as Birth or Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Experience/ Employment Certificate and of Commercial documents such as Articles of association, financial documents, Commercial invoice or Bills of lading.

Reach Out to BVS Global Attestation Services

BVS Global Services is a one stop shop for all document authentication services. We provide verification and attestation in more than 100 countries, translation services in over 200 languages. We also provide visa concierge facilities in over 80 countries.

Attestation or legalization Process for documents from South Africa

Ministry of Education or notary in South Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Africa or an Apostille

Embassy or Consulate in South Africa

Ministry of foreign affairs of the destination country


Original certificate(s)

Passport copy

Declaration form

Power of Attorney (if required)

Document Types

Types of Personal Documents

ACPO – ACRO – NIS Certificate attestation

POA - Power of Attorney Attestation

Adoption certificate legalization

Affidavit attestation

Certificate of residency attestation

Certified language translations

Copies of personal documents such as passports and references attestation

Copy Passports driver’s licenses and other identity documents attestation

Court Document authentication

Criminal Record Checks (CRB) attestation

Decree Absolute or Nisi attestation

Divorce certificate or decrees issued by the Family Court attestation

Driving License attestation

Employment Awards attestation

Employment Letters attestation

Finger print certificate attestation

Grant of Probate certificate legalization

Health certificate attestation

Letters of Attendance attestation

Letters of Authorization

Life certificates attestation

Marriage Certificate attestation

No Impediment Certificate attestation

No Impediment to Overseas Marriages certificates legalization

Ministry of justice attestation on translated documents

Notary Public witnessed documents

Police clearance certificate attestation

Police Letters legalization

Power of Attorney witnessed by a solicitor

Probate documents and wills attestation

Single Status certificates attestation

Solicitor signed documents attestation

Birth Certificate Attestation

Personal Status Certificate Attestation

Singleness Certificate Attestation

Certificate of No Marriage Record Attestation

Death Certificate Attestation

Certificate of Indemnity Attestation

FIR Report Attestation

Experience Letter Attestation

School leaving certificate attestation

Process of Attesting Personal Documents

Legal Translation from South Africa (If Necessary)

Notary in South Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Africa or an Apostille

Embassy or consulate in South Africa

Process of attesting educational documents

Legal Translation from South Africa (If Necessary)

Ministry of Education in South Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Africa or an Apostille

Embassy or consulate in South Africa

Process of Attesting Commercial Document

Concerned authority or Govt. department in South Africa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Africa or an Apostille

Embassy or consulate in South Africa

Example of document attestation procedure for use in UAE

Certificate attestation or Legalization Procedure of South Africa document, to be used in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Originally issued in South Africa.

Documents of South Africa origin – such as Personal, Educational, and Commercial documents have to be attested from Ministry of foreign affairs (MOFA) UAE. Prior to Ministry of foreign affairs UAE attestation, the document has to be attested by a notary or ministry of education in South Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Africa and UAE Embassy in South Africa.

*If any embassy or consulate in a particular country is not operational, the document would be directed to the nearest government body, which has the jurisdiction over that country for attestation or an Apostille

BVS Global provides attestation, legalization, authentication, verifications, and Apostille service for personal, educational or commercial documents

We provide attestations, legalizations or apostilles, for any type of South Africa documents for usage in other countries besides the UAE. Kindly note the process may vary depending on the document and the laws of the origin & destination country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs may be replaced by an apostille, if the origin or destination countries are part of Hague convention 1961. Original certificates may not be required for some countries.

Acceptance or rejection of documents is solely based on discretion of the government authorities concerned. Furthermore, the requirements and processes may vary from time to time depending on the government department’s policies, terms and conditions. Please contact our customer service officer for updated fee structure and more information.

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