Complete DIRCO Apostille Service. We will submit, pick up and courier anywhere worldwide. The current DIRCO lead time is two to three weeks. Get the process started as soon as possible and use professionals to legalise your important documents.

Louwrens Koen Attorneys provide a fast professional DIRCO apostille certificate service to assist you in legalising your South African documents for use overseas. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations so that the document can be used for official purposes outside of South Africa.

Since the implementation of strict Covid protocols, it has become incrementally more difficult and time-consuming to legalise your documentation in person at DIRCO.

No walk-in customers are allowed, and an appointment must be scheduled which may take a considerable time and cause significant frustration. Make use of a professional document legalisation company that will get your documents correctly apostilled and legalised in the shortest possible time in these restrictive times. The typical cost is R850 per document.

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How long does apostille take at DIRCO?

Currently, a DIRCO Apostille certificate takes three to four weeks. High Court Apostilles takes one maximum of two working days.

What is an apostille from DIRCO?
DIRCO Apostilles are official certificates attached by the Department of Foreign Affairs in South Africa to original documents and authenticate that the document and signatory on the document are verified and accurate. South Africans travelling abroad are often required to legalise their documents for official use abroad. 

How much does it cost to apostille a document at DIRCO in South Africa?

We charge a fee of R950 for a DIRCO Apostille Certificate on an original document. Click here to get a detailed quotation with time frames online. 

Do DIRCO offer a walk-in service Apostille Certificate service to the public?

No. Members of the public may not directly submit their original documents for placement of an Apostille Certificate. It's best to use the services of a professional document legalisation company to Apostille your document at DIRCO. 

Describe the Notary Public High Court Apostille Certificate process. 

The process when following the route of the i.e., Public Notary/Registrar of the High Court (when the destination country is a signatory to the Apostille Convention) – and when the Apostille Certificate will be issued and affixed If the Convention applies, an Apostille is the only formality that is required to establish the origin of the public document – no additional requirement may be imposed to authenticate the origin of the public document.

If a country is a signatory to Apostille Convention, the High Court should issue and affix an Apostille Certificate to the document.  This document should not be submitted to the DIRCO – Legalisation Section.  If the Convention applies, an Apostille is the only formality that is required to establish the origin of the public document – no additional requirement may be imposed to authenticate the origin of the public document. 

Why is DIRCO so slow to attach an Apostille Certificate?

DIRCO has dramatically slowed down its service levels over the past two years due to Covid and load shedding.

Can I expedite my DIRCO Apostille Certificate?

 No. DIRCO apostille certificates cannot be expedited. They work on a first-come-first-served basis. Using a professional document legalisation company saves considerable time as they submit multiple batches of documents per week and can secure multiple appointments to pick up apostilled documents from DIRCO.