Authenticating & Legalising South-African Educational Documents

If you have been told that you need to authenticate and legalise your South-African educational documents we can help! These include your university degree, college diploma, high school diploma, matric certificate, trade certificates, school records, report cards, and more. We would welcome a chance to review your documents and answer any questions you have. Contact us today!

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Document Legalisation for South-African Tertiary Qualifications with the South African Qualifications Authority

SAQA Verification Letters  
Tertiary Degrees and Diplomas need to be verified by SAQA Verification Letter before it can be Apostilled or Authenticated by DIRCO. Private individuals can apply on their own for a SAQA verification letter. Due to the complicated and time consuming nature of the process we strongly advise that SAQA verification and Document Legalisation best be done by Document Legalisation Experts. Contact us on Tel 0870010733 or get a no obligation quotation to legalise your academic qualifications. 
Umalusi Verification Letters 
Umalusi (the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education Training) is responsible for the verification of some academic certificates. Umalusi verifies certificates issued for all of the following qualifications:
• The Senior Certificate (SC or Matric) which was offered before 2008 (obtain a replacement Matric certificate here)
• The National Senior Certificate (NSC)
• The National Technical Certificate N3
• The National Senior Certificate: Colleges – phased out at the end of 2011
• The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) commenced in 2007
• The General Education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETC: ABET)
Umalusi has records of all learner achievements from November 1992 to date, but if you have a certificate that was issued before 1992, you will have to get it verified by SAQA, the South African Qualifications Authority. (This used to be done by the Department of Basic Education (especially for schooling qualifications) or the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET for vocational and adult qualifications) as appropriate.)

We strongly advise members of the public to legalise their academic qualifications using document legalisation experts due to the complicated nature and time consumed in document legalisation. Contact us to discuss your specific needs on Tel: 0870010733 or get a no obligation online quotation. 

matric certificates & School Records 
  • All certificates issued before November 1992 must be verified by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) (schooling qualifications).
  • During the period between release of results and certification for Grade 12 learners – January to April for the November examination and January to August for those who have written the March supplementary examination, the verification of the statement of results will therefore be done by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
  • In the event that the results have, for whatever reason, not yet been certified, the requestor will be referred to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) for verification purposes as UMALUSI can only verify those records which have been certified.
  • All primary and secondary school results (grades 1 to 11) are verified by the Department of Basic Education (DBE).
  • The Department of Basic Education (DBE) will only be able to assist if the institution is registered with the Department.  It is therefore recommended to contact the DBE directly to verify if the institution is registered, before submitting your documentation.
  • Note:  The requestor will be referred to the relevant Department in all instances mentioned above.  The Department of Basic Education (DBE) may have requirements that differ from those of UMALUSI, therefore, in the event that the requestor is referred, please contact the relevant Department for further information.

Contact us to get a no obligation quotation. 

Legalising South African Academic Qualifications F.A.Q.

You may need to authenticate and legalise your South-African educational documents when you are going to present them in another country. To determine if your educational documents need to be authenticated and legalised first, contact the person or organisation to whom you will be sending your documents.

They will be able to tell you if you need to have your educational documents authenticated and legalised before they will be accepted. Once you have determined if your documents need to go through the apostille, authentication oe embassy attestation and legalisation process, your next area of focus will be the criteria of each step of the process.

For more information on the authentication and legalisation process contact our friendly specialists.

We can assist you with the authentication and legalisation of your South-African educational documents for use abroad.

Yes, we can authenticate and legalise your educational documents for you. We specialize in rapidly and accurately navigating documents through the authentication and legalisation process for our clients.

We will ensure your educational documents meet the criteria of the process, ensure you provide the correct supporting documents, and expedite the process.

Contact our friendly specialists to discuss your specific situation, review your options and have all of your questions answered. Call us at 0870010733 or send us an online enquiry.

Depending on  the type of qualification and the destination country where the qualification will be presented the time frames may differ substantially.

Contact our friendly specialists to discuss your specific situation, review your options and have all of your questions answered. Call us at 0870010733 or submit an online quotation.

Depending on the type of qualification and destination country where the qualification will be presented there can be many special requirements for authenticating and legalising educational documents.

DIRCO, Umalus, SAQA, Department of Basic Education and most embassy or consulate sets its own unique requirements for the legalisation of educational documents.

Some diplomatic missions do not accept notarized copies of educational documents. In other cases, the diplomatic mission requires a notarised copy along with the original.

You may be required to have official transcripts sent directly to the embassy or consulate. These requirements can vary depending on the type of educational document in question (i.e. University degree, transcripts, certificates, diplomas) or the rules of the destination country.

We keep track of the ever-changing requirements of over 100 diplomatic missions across South-Africa. Contact one of our experts to determine how to prepare your educational documents. Call us at 0870010733 or send us an online enquiry.

The pricing for authenticating and legalizing a Canadian educational document will depend on several factors. The fees for the processing of your educational documents will vary depending on the number of documents, what type of documents they are, the speed of service you choose, and the destination country in question.

When you contact us we will discuss your documents and your situation in order to provide you with a detailed quote. Contact us on Tel: 0870010733 for your free consultation, submit online quotation or review general our general information about our pricing.