Apostille for documents going to India

VFS.Global provides consular services

Clients who have used our services before know that we notarise many documents intended for India. Sometimes those documents are just notarised and returned to India without needing further attestation. Other times, clients are asked to also have their documents attested by the Indian Consulate. VFS.Global provides consular services on behalf of the Indian Consulate, including attestation of documents going to India. VFS provides clear instructions as to their requirements to attest documents to be used in India.

For documents that have been notarised, VFS also require the documents to be stamped with an apostille. In Australia, the apostille will only be issued by the Australian Government (through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or DFAT) on documents that are original government documents or documents that have been notarised by a notary public.

We work closely with DFAT to assist clients with notarising documents and having those documents stamped with an apostille (or an authentication as the case may require).

What is an apostille?

In Australia, an apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) certifying that a document has been notarised by a notary public. An apostille will only be recognised in a country that is a party to the Hague Apostille Convention (officially known as the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). For more information, please contact DFAT on 02 9207 6904.

For more information, also visit
  • http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents.html or
  • http://www.dfat.gov.au/sydney/authentications.html
If the intended destination country is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, then you may need to have your document ‘authenticated’ by DFAT once it has been notarised by a notary public. See the related FAQs: What’s the Apostille Convention? and What’s ‘authentication’?

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

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This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.