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Where to Get Documents Apostilled in South Africa?

Documents Legalization in South Africa

 

Where can I get my documents apostilled in South Africa?

Basically, depending on the type of documentation, you may first have to get the documentation stamped/signed by the appropriate department or institution; by a magistrate, an additional magistrate or assistant magistrate; or a registrar or an assistant registrar of the High Court of South Africa before the Legalization Section can issue the relevant Apostille or Authentication Certificate.

What are the requirement before a document is apostilled in South Africa?

The following are the requirements to get the relevant Apostille Certificate or Certificate of Authentication in South Africa:

  • The documents are still valid.
  • You must advise the Legalization Section in which country the document will be used to allow the section to determine if an Apostille or Authentication Certificate is required.
  • Depending on the type of documentation, you may first have to get the documentation stamped/signed by the appropriate department or institution; by a magistrate, an additional magistrate or assistant magistrate; or a registrar or an assistant registrar of the High Court of South Africa before the Legalization Section can issue the relevant Apostille or Authentication Certificate.
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Which documents cannot be apostilled in South Africa?

The following documents are not accepted:

  • Abridged documents or computer printouts.
  • Certified copies of marriage, birth, death or police clearance certificates.
  • Certified copies of certificates of marital status (no impediment) or proof of citizenship.
  • Certified copies of travel documents or identity documents.
  • Documents legalized by commissioners of oath to be true copies of the original must be taken to a public notary (an attorney who is registered at the High Court).

 

How much does it cost for me to get my documents Apostilled in South Africa?

The tables below show the various prices and cost required to get documents apostilled in South Africa:

Apostille/Authentication/Attestation fees  Price (ZAR) Estimated timing

(not guaranteed)

Apostille/Authentication
DIRCO (Pretoria)
R875
per document
~4-8 weeks
(by DIRCO appointment)
Apostilled SA qualification
(includes SAQA and DIRCO)
R2,250
Estimated timing
~4-8 weeks
Apostilled SA medical certificate
(includes HPCSA and DIRCO)
R2,250 ~4-6 weeks
Estimated timing
Notarisations
(by notary public)
R950
per page
1-2 working days
(in person)
Certifications
(by Commissioner of Oaths)
R500
per page
1 working day
Embassy attestations
Read here: Attestations
Both service and embassy fees vary. 1-6 weeks (depends on country)
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Police Clearance Certificates for South Africa    
SAPS Police Clearance
(Basic service)
R2,775

20-30 working days
Estimated timing
SAPS Police Clearance
(Extra attention)
R3,850 15-20 working days
Estimated timing
SAPS Police Clearance
(Priority service)
R4,950 9-12 working days
Estimated timing
SAPS Police Clearance
(Front-of-queue service)
R6,350 4-7 working days
Estimated timing
SAPS Police Clearance
(Speed up existing application)
R5,500 5 working days
Estimated timing

 

 

For personal Documents:

Personal Documents    
Status check R875 1-2 days
Letter of No Impediment
(single or divorced status)
R4,850

Usually 4-8 weeks
Estimated timing
Confirmation of Marriage
(proof of marriage)
R4,850
Mainly for foreign marriages
Usually 4-8 weeks
Estimated timing
Unabridged Marriage Certificate
(or abridged)
R4,850

Usually 4-8 weeks
Estimated timing
Surname change
(due to marriage or divorce only)
R3,750 Usually 1-2 weeks
Estimated timing
Unabridged Birth Certificate
(or abridged)
R4,850 Usually 4-8 weeks
Estimated timing
Vault birth or marriage certificate R6,500 Usually 4-12 weeks+
Estimated timing
Correction on DHA documents R1,500 Dependent on correction
No estimation
Record amendment or creation R2,500 Dependent on record
No estimation
Marriage registration R4,550 Usually 2 weeks
Estimated timing
Determination of Citizenship Status R4,850 Usually 4-6 weeks
Estimated timing
Letter for Retention of SA Citizenship R4,850 Usually 4-8 weeks
Estimated timing
Letter for Renunciation of SA Citizenship R5,450 Usually 6-12 weeks
Estimated timing
Death certificates R5,500 Usually 1-8 weeks
Estimated timing
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