FAQ: Certificate attestation in India
Why Attestation is done?
When you present a legal document in a foreign country, it is often very hard to establish whether the document is genuine and endorsed or forged and therefore overseas governments frequently require proof that the Indian documents which you hold is a valid and not fake, or the signatures of Indian officials on documents are true before they will accept them. The reason for that is job /employment or to get admission in various courses. Attestation is a universal whether you are travelling from India or any other country to another one. It is a legal process of the verification of the document. In the attestation / legalization process of the documents passes through various levels and departments to confirm and establish that the documents submitted are is legitimate. The attestation process first starts from state level (Home department of states) and after that Central Govt level as Ministry of External affairs (MEA) and MHED and at last Certificate Authentication or attestation has to be completed from India or the Country of Origin from where the Certificates are issued.
Attestation is done on Originals or photocopies?
Attestation is done on the reverse of the Originals. If originals are laminated, the lamination is removed and gets the attestation done. However there is a chance that a frail document might get damaged cannot be ruled out. We recommend that you should get new ones issued in such cases.
What should I do in case of Loss of Original Education Certificates?
You need to go to the University/College and submit a Lost Certificate Application. First you need to go to the territorial police station from where it was lost and lodge one FIR (First Information Report). Get a copy of the FIR after signing by the Duty Officer and IPC no. (Indian Penal code) on it. Use this copy for applying for duplicate certificates. Repeated follow up is required.