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Why Attestation Is Required & What Does It Means?

Lot of people are confused why certificate attestation is required, what is the process, who attest these documents. This post clears basic attestation question and recommends attestation service provider.

Why Attestation Is Required & What Does It Means?

Thursday March 09, 2017,

4 min Read

Today authenticated documents are necessary whether you are preparing to admit your kid in a school or moving abroad. Since there are thousands of people who travel abroad for employment/immigration or for any different reason, one of the important things you need to do is documentation (Personal, Educational Or Commercial Documents). If your documentation is not proper you can face difficulty or rejection to stay in the foreign country. People are usually mixed with the words attestation & apostille. The idea of document attestation is a sign or a symbol in itself for verifying the authenticity of a certificate. This article will help you to learn what is attestation? why it is needed also what is the importance of certificate/documents attestation.

What is attestation?

The attestation is the method of checking the authenticity of a document & declaring its authenticity by attaching it with the sign of the verifying personnel. The process requires the submission of original documents as well as a xerox of the same to authorized employees for verifying and required sign/stamp on guided area.


If you want to travel to another country you will need to apply for a visa and as a matter of fact, the visa will be issued only when officials have verified your documents thus this make attestation of required documents necessary. Similarly, if you are looking for a family visa then attestation of the marriage certificate attestation is mandatory.

Types of Attestation

There are three primary kinds of attestations:

1) State Attestation

State attestation is needed prior to MEA attestation, wherever based on the type of certificate, appropriate state attestation is needed. For instance, in the event of educational certificates, attestation from State Education Department is expected. In the case of personal certificates, General Administration Department of the involving state should attest the document earlier to attestation by the Ministry of External Affairs.

2) MEA Attestation or Apostille

MEA attestation is prepared simply after attestation by those appropriate state authorities.

3) Embassy Attestation

Embassy/Consulate attestation is prepared later the MEA attestation


An Apostille is a kind of attestation in which certificates are legalized in an appropriate form that is admissible in all countries that relate to the Hague Convention. Basically, Apostille is a global attestation that is admissible in nearly 92 nations, and most of the western world acknowledges Apostille.

Apostille stamp is a computer generated sticker stamp in a square shaped, fixed on the opposite of the certificate by the MEA, Government of India. It has a different ID number, by which any associate nation of The Hague convention can verify its legitimacy online.

Certificate attestation can be tiring and time-consuming. If you think that getting your important certificates attested without anyone else can be a quite daunting experience. In that case, there is no reason to worry as there are various document attestation services who will take the responsibility of verifying your certificates without any troubles. Regardless of your place, you will receive assistance in case if you are trying to obtain official attestation by authorities.

However, while choosing any attestation agency you have to be very careful. It is recommended to pick a company who has been in this industry for a quite long time, have required experience and consist of a professional team, for the process of attestation. People often overlook the responsiveness of a particular service provider. Quick response and effective cost are two simple features you should be searching for any attestation service provider.

I personally recommend PEC Attestation & Apostille Services from my experience. They provide genuine attestation service with excellent customer service. Unlike most other service providers they understand, identify, and forecast our needs. Serving in this industry from long time they are one of the pioneers and stable organisation in India. Their services include birth, marriage, embassy, degree, personal, commercial and educational documents attestation.