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Indian Attestation, Legalisation of documents

India is a member country of the Hague Convention and if you require your Australian public/government document to be legally recognised in India, the correct and only process to follow is to have it apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

No further attestation by the Indian Embassy/Consulates in Australia is necessary.

NOTE: If your document is not an Australian public/government document (public documents such as a Birth, Death, Marriage or Police Certificates), DFAT will require that your document be notarised before it issues an Apostille Certificate. We are more than happy to provide you with express and inexpensive notary services if this is the case.

If you require an additional attestation service as well as or instead of an apostille, click on this link for further information…

Indian Driver's Licence Verification (IDLV)

If you are Indian and hold an Indian Driver’s Licence but the name on that Licence is different to your name on your Passport (and all other details are identical), we can assist you by preparing an Affidavit or Statutory Declaration confirming you are the one and the same person in each document.

Our notary will then witness your signature to that document and also arrange for the notarised document to be apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Powers of Attorney for India

A Power of Attorney to operate in India usually includes a photograph of the ‘executant’ or ‘donor’ attached on the final page close to where the Executant has to sign.

In many cases the photograph of the executant or donor must be signed by all signatories (across the face of the photograph) and then may be notarised; the notary public must impress his or her notary seal over the photograph to satisfy the requirements of DFAT.

Your signature to a Power of Attorney must be witnessed by the Notary Public alone…. although many documents are prepared indicating that two (2) witnesses are required.

This is because the POA has been prepared in accordance with an Indian template and if executed in India, two (2) adult witnesses are required, but outside India and particularly in Australia, a Notary Public witnessing and sealing takes the place of two (2) adult hone witnesses in India. Check with your Indian Agent or relative to confirm this important distinction.

Also check with your Indian Agent or relative to ascertain whether the Power of Attorney should be lodged with the Indian Consulate only, or be processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade first with an Apostille Certificate, or both.

India is a member country of the Hague Convention and an apostille is usually all that is required.

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