Apostille is a French word meaning certification. Also referred to as legalization in English, it is a Sticker which is pasted on the backside of the original Documents. Documents should be first attested from Home department this is Mumbai Mantralaya and after that it goes to Delhi in Ministry of External Affairs. MEA is the only Authority in India to Issue the Apostille Stamp.
As per The Hague Convention of 1961, there is a list of countries which require a document to go through the Apostille process prior to being presented. If your document falls under the Apostille process, we will obtain the MEA Apostille certification. India is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention and any official document destined for that country requires an Apostille from the Secretary of State. The Apostille includes a raised seal.
The Apostille is also serial numbered which can be used to validate the Apostille’s authenticity. We will arrange for your document to be legalized for use in Hague Countries and it will then be returned to you.
Typically the Apostille Certificate is issued by the state from which the document originates although in some cases another state can issue the Apostille. Once a document has had an Apostille Certificate attached to it confirming the authenticity of signatures and seals it can be presented to any country which recognises the Apostille. The authority receiving the document should then accept the seals or signatures as true and valid without requesting further evidence or proof.