Apostille Convention (Hague Convention or Treaty of 1961)
The Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (HCCH 1961 Apostille Convention) facilitates the use of public documents abroad. The purpose of the Convention is to abolish the traditional requirement of legalisation, replacing the often long and costly legalisation process with the issuance of a single Apostille certificate by a Competent Authority in the place where the document originates. The electronic Apostille Programme (e-APP) was launched in 2006 to support the electronic issuance and verification of Apostilles around the world.
The Convention has over 110 Contracting Parties, and has become one of the most widely applied multilateral treaties in the area of legal cooperation, with several million Apostilles issued each year.
Model Apostille Certificate:
- Outline of the Convention
- Apostille Handbook
- The ABCs of Apostilles
- Brief Implementation Guide
- Explanatory Report 1960
- La légalisation des actes officiels étrangers by Georges A.L. Droz (Prel. Doc. No 1 of March 1959)
- 2021 Special Commission:
- 2016 Special Commission:
- 2012 Special Commission:
- 2009 Special Commission:
- 2003 Special Commission:
Working Group on the authentication of documents executed by intergovernmental or supranational organisations:
- Report of the Working Group
- Draft agenda
- Info. Doc. No 1 - Summary of Proposals
- Info. Doc. No 2 - Authentication Practices
Questionnaires & Responses:
e-APP (electronic Apostille Programme):
- Explanatory documents
- Implementation Chart (e-Apostilles and e-wp-signup.phps)
- List of e-wp-signup.phps
- 11th International Forum on the e-APP (2019)
- Previous e-APP Meetings
How to submit a document for legalisation
The process to submit your documents for legalisation depends on their location.
- We deliver our services in South Africa by Email, DHL & Postnet
- Overseas, we deliver legalisation services through DHL and FEDEX.