Getting an Apostille, Authentication or Embassy Legalisation or Notarisation done in South-Africa

To use South-African documents outside of the country, you’ll be asked to provide documents that have been notarised and apostilled, apostilled on the original document, authenticated or embassy attested.  

Countries that are not a signatory of the Hague Apostille Convention have followed the more intricate authentication process that’s the equivalent of the apostille process known as authentication and document legalisation. 

We manage the South African apostille, authentication, embassy, and notary public process (document authentication and legalisation) for more than a thousand clients (corporates and individuals) every year. 

We Start by Preparing Your Documents to Be Used Outside of South-Africa 

Getting your South-African documents ready to be used outside of the country may require many attendances and sometimes complicated and time-consuming steps. 

The first step in obtaining the Canadian equivalent of an apostille notary is to carefully prepare your documents for the process. This may involve notarisation, notary attestation, having the documents translated by a sworn translator, and supplying supporting documents. 

Our friendly document legalisation experts would welcome the chance to discuss what document preparation is necessary for your document legalisation needs – with no pressure and no obligation.

Apostille or Authentication 

After preparing your documents and depending on the type of document and destination country we will either follow an Apostille or Authentication process. Some of the most common documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada include:

  • Medical Reports
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Court Documents
  • Police Clearance Certificates 
  • Affidavits
  • Power of Attorneys
  • Health Certificates
  • Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates
  • Documents Originating in a Foreign Country
  • Letters of No Impediment to Marriage 

Embassy Attestation

The last step in the process is embassy attestation. After your documents are authenticated, they sometimes need to be to the embassy or consulate of the country in which they’ll be used in Pretoria. An official at the applicable Pretoria embassy will look over all of your documents and verify that they’ve been through the proper process, then affix a seal, sticker or certificate directly on them.

Contact us for your document legalisation needs. 

If you need to obtain South-Africa documents legalised for official use in any country of the world or require help obtaining them, contact us at Tel 0870010733 or submit an Online Quotation Form. We will supply you with a no-obligation quotation and work closely with you to have your unique document legalisation needs and questions sorted.  


Ordering and quoting online is simple and safe. Complete the secure online form to get a no-obligation quotation with a time estimate for completion. You can use the secure incorporated facility to upload any documents you would like us to check.