Attesting Indian Documents (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about Indian Apostille services

Can Indian documents be legalized by Apostille?

Yes - India is a member of the Apostille Convention.

Indian documents can be legalized for use abroad with an Apostille Stamp when destined for other signatory countries without additional certification by the destination country.

When Indian documents are required for non-apostille countries, such as AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - MY MalaysiaMalaysia - TH ThailandThailand - ZM ZambiaZambia - QA QatarQatar they need additional authentication by the embassy of the destination country.

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Exceptions to Apostille Convention (Documents required for Germany)
Germany has objected to the accession of certain States to the Apostille Convention (including India), so that the Convention does not apply between Germany and India. Indian documents required for use in Germany may also require additional attestation by the German embassy or by the Indian embassy in Berlin.

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What types of documents can be legalized in India for use abroad?

Official documents that can be attested with an Apostille in India from the Ministry of External Affairs include:

Other documents, such as contracts, powers of attorney and affidavits can be legalized after certification by an Indian notary.

To confirm whether your document is eligible for apostille authentication in India, please contact us and we’ll check your document free of charge. For further information about our Indian apostille services and for assistance obtaining official copies of Indian documents, see:
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How can I obtain an apostille for an Indian birth, death or marriage certificate?

Apostilles can be obtained for Indian birth, marriage and death certificates from the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi. If the original certificate is in English, an attested true copy of the certificate can be made from a good quality scan. This copy is then attested by the Magistrate and an Apostille affixed. The whole procedure takes less than one week.
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Exceptions to Apostille Convention (Documents required for Germany)
Germany has objected to the accession of certain States to the Apostille Convention (including India), so that the Convention does not apply between Germany and India. Indian documents required for use in Germany may also require additional attestation by the German embassy or by the Indian embassy in Berlin.

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How long does it take to obtain an apostille on a document in India?

Apostilles on most Indian documents, including Police Clearance Certificates and birth and marriage certificates, can be obtained in 3 - 5 working days. Where additional attestation is required at the embassy or consulate of the recipient country (for example, documents required for the United Arab Emirates or Qatar), processing times vary depending on the embassy.

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How can I obtain an apostille for an Indian Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?

The Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi issues apostilles to certify Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). The process normally takes 3 - 5 working days. We need to submit the original certificate in Delhi. PCCs can usually be obtained outside India through an Indian Embassy or Consulate.

If you need to submit your certificate in a country where English is not an official language, we offer certified translations recognised by authorities in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and many other countries.

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Exceptions to Apostille Convention (Documents required for Germany)
Germany has objected to the accession of certain States to the Apostille Convention (including India), so that the Convention does not apply between Germany and India. Indian documents required for use in Germany may also require additional attestation by the German embassy or by the Indian embassy in Berlin.

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I need an apostille for my Indian birth, death or marriage certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

Apostille stamps on Indian birth, death and marriage certificates can often be obtained from good-quality scans. True copies are attested by a notary and sub-divisional magistrate before submission to the Ministry of External Affairs. To obtain replacement copies of Indian vital records, contact the Municipal Corporation Office. If you need a birth certificate, but the birth was never registered, you can apply for a Non-Availability of Birth Certificate.

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I need an apostille for my Indian criminal record certificate - do I need to provide an original certificate?

It is often possible to obtain an Indian Apostille stamp on a Police Clearance Certificate by presenting a good-quality scan, by making a true copy attested by a notary, but check that the recipient authority does not require the Apostille stamp affixed to the original. Please contact us.

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How can I obtain an apostille for my Indian University Degree and Transcripts?

Isarey can obtain Apostilles on Degree Certificates issued by Indian Universities for presentation abroad. Apostilles are obtained by presenting the original certificates to the Ministry of External Affairs.

Additional procedures and criteria apply when certifying Indian higher education documents for presentation in United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

For further information about obtaining Apostille stamps on Indian university diplomas and other academic certificates, please see:
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How can I obtain an apostille for an Indian Power of Attorney?

Powers of Attorney that have have been attested by an Indian notary can be authenticated with an Apostille stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Where can I see reviews of Isarey's Indian Attestation and Apostille Services?

You can see reviews from past clients who have used our attestation and apostille services:

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How can I obtain a copy of an Indian birth, marriage or death certificate?

How can I obtain an Indian Apostille on a Certificate of Single Status?

Apostilles on Affidavits and Certificates of Single Status issued in India can be obtained from the Ministry of External Affairs. Certificates requiring an Apostille stamp should be certified before an Indian notary. They can then be attested by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and authenticated by the Ministry of External Affairs. Certificates of single status required for submission in countries which do not have English as their official language will need to be translated. Translations can be certified in India with an additional Apostille stamp or certified in the destination country.

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How can I obtain an Indian Police Clearance Certificate for use abroad?

An Indian Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) can be obtained to prove a clean criminal record in India, often required for visa and foreign residency applications. Police Clearance Certificates can be authenticated for official use abroad at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi after being attested by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. Apostille stamps can be obtained by submitting the original certificate or a good-quality scan (but if using a scan, you should confirm that the recipient authority does not require the Apostille to be applied to the original PCC)

Police certificates required for countries which have not acceded to the Apostille Convention, such as the UAE, Qatar, Taiwan and Kuwait, will require additional attestation by the recipient country's embassy in Delhi.

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Do Indian Criminal Record Certificates have an expiry?

Indian Police Clearance Certificates do not have a specified expiry date, but you should check with the authority or embassy that has asked for the certificate that they do not require a recently issued certificate. Indian PCCs are valid for one destination country only. A new certificate may be required if needed for a country not named on the original certificate.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

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