Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Document Attestation

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Attestation and Apostille work has been outsourced with effect from March 1, 2012. As a result of the Outsourcing, no document from individuals is accepted by MEA Counter at CPV Division, Patiala House, and New Delhi. The original document is to be submitted directly to one of the Outsourced companies, SEPL collection and delivery center along with a photocopy of the document and a photocopy of the Passport of the applicant.

In recognition of our quality of services, the MEA had empanelled our company PCC, as an authorized Service Provider to collect and deliver documents on behalf of MEA for Attestation and Apostille from individuals/applicants. We are present in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar-Punjab, Banglore-Karnataka, Pune-Maharashtra, Kochi-Kerala, Hyderabad-Telangana, Trivandram-Kerala, Mumbai-Maharashtra, Goa and Dubai- UAE to provide you with best and genuine MEA Attestation & Apostille Stamp Services.

Document Attestation

Document attestation is required when a person is planning to move abroad for any purpose. To use his/her document one must get his/her document attestation. Any individual who is seeking to travel abroad for any purpose including tourist, educational, and permanent residency the person must have got a document attestation. Any individual who is traveling abroad needs to get a document attested to get the visa done. Though the document is categorized into basic three categories including educational, personal, and commercial and the attestation process is varied for each category.

What is MEA Attestation?

MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) attestation is the verification complete on authentic certificates to be utilized in foreign countries. MEA is the apex body of the Government of India, which is entirely answerable for the country's foreign relations. Simply, it is a ministry working for the diplomacy of the nation. Moreover, MEA attestation is the authentication initiated by the MEA on the original certificates of the applicant who wishes to shift abroad.

Why is MEA Attestation Required?

If you are looking forward to moving to any foreign country for studies or any other reason, then MEA attestation is mandatory so that your documents can be utilized there. Attestation from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is required to legalize it all over India and other countries. Moreover, MEA is the apex body with authority to authenticate the documents issued from India.

MEA Document Attestation Procedure:

All original documents requiring Attestation or Apostille by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, are required to be first authenticated/attested by the designated authorities/departments of the State Governments//Union Territory from where the documents were issued. MEA Attestation can only be done after the respective relevant state authority has attested a particular document.

A list of the Regional Authentication Centers and the designated authorities can be seen on the MEA website http://www.mea.gov.in/

Step 1: Authentication of documents

  • Non-Educational Documents:
  • The documents (like birth or death certificates, marriage certificates, affidavits, driving licenses, etc.) are required to be first attested by the State Home Department of the issuing State/Union Territory. The authentication must be done with the name and designation seal as well as the seal of the Department.

  • Educational Documents:
  • The documents should be first attested by the State Education Department of the concerned State Government/Union Territory. The authentication must be done with the name and designation seal as well as the seal of the Department.

  • Commercial Documents:
  • The documents are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce before these can be attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. The rubber stamp of the respective Chamber of Commerce must be affixed on each document along with the name & designation of authorized signatory.

Step 2: Attestation/Legalization of documents by MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) attests /legalizes the documents only after these have been authenticated by the signature and seal/stamp of the designated authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce from where the documents have been issued. The MEA legalizes the certificate/documents on the basis of the signature of the designated authorities; hence it does not take responsibility for the contents of the documents.

Countries that Accept MEA General Attestation:

The Countries which are not signatory to the Hague Convention 1961 require and accept Indian documents Attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, as valid documents for further processing by their respective Embassies/Consulates for various purposes. Thereafter these attested documents can be used in the foreign country concerned.


Frequently Asked Questions

PCC offers a variety of MEA attestation services and benefits. We always try to fulfill the necessities of our candidates. Furthermore, the whole procedure of MEA attestation is entirely based on the type of certificate, state to state, or the embassy of the foreign nation included in the MEA attestation procedure.

Using the MEA attestation services provided by PCC, you can efficiently complete the MEA attestation in Kerala. All you require to do is- first get verified the authentication of the certificate by the State Home Department. Secondly, the State Home Department will send your certificate to MEA for MEA attestation. And lastly, MEA will send the document to the respective embassy where the applicant wishes to move for the embassy attestation.

MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) attests to all the original certificates of the applicant. And it is considered an essential procedure for the applicant who is looking forward to moving abroad. However, before you initiate the document MEA attestation process, it must be authenticated by the respective departments/authorities of the State Government/Union Territory from where the certificate is issued, depending on the document type. The further procedure is work as listed below.

  • Regional Level
  • It is the initial stage of the MEA attestation process. If you are using PCC attestation services, then you do not need to worry about anything. We offer you all the services and facilities which are required to complete the regional level of attestation.

  • State Level
  • All three types( educational, personal, or commercial) of documents are issued by the State Home Department. To utilize these certificates in foreign countries, you have to get an attestation from the State Home Department. Plus, the department will confirm the authentication of your certificate.

  • Central Level
  • As highlighted before, MEA attestation is the final stage of the verification, where the submitted certificates will get MEA attestation. Once the MEA attests your document, the attestation procedure will be completed, and the applicant can utilize the document in a foreign country.