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:
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.