Role Of Ministry of External Affairs In Attestation Of Documents

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

The Ministry of External Affairs of India plays a major role in the attestation of original documents//true copies of documents for use abroad. Attestation done by the Ministry of External Affairs is of two types:

1. Apostille

An Apostille is a French word meaning certification. It is done for personal documents like birth/death/marriage certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc. and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates etc. Since 2005, India is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 that abolished the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostille is acceptable in 105 member-countries of the Convention. Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all the other 104 member-countries.

2. Normal Attestation

Normal Attestation is done for all the countries which are not a member of Hague Convention and where Apostille is not accepted.

Procedure Of Attestation or Apostille

1. E-sanad: e-Service for verification & attestation of documents of Indian Citizens.

  • Applicant should visit the e-sanad website for filling of online application and pay the fees.

  • Then, Applicant's data will be made available to Ministry of External Affairs.

  • After that, Digital verification of documents by General Administration Department .

  • Then, Ministry of External Affairs will verify the pre-approved documents.

  • At Last, the attested documents with apostille stickers will be dispatch to the applicant.

2. Attestation/apostille of documents not covered under E-sanad:

  • Step 1. Authentication of Documents by Regional Authentication Centre

Applicant have to visit regional authentication centre with his personal, educational and commercial documents.

  • Step 2. Deposition of Documents with authorized Outsource Service Provider.

  • Step 3. Receipt of apostilled/Attested documents from Outsource agencies.

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