What is an Apostille and when do I need one? #
An Apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. If you need to use a Singapore notarised document in another country that is part of this Convention, you will require an Apostille for it to be recognised.
“By virtue of Rule 8(3)(c) of the Notaries Public Rules, a Notarial Certificate must be authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law in order to be valid.” A notarised document without SAL’s authentication and legalisation is considered to be invalid. With effect from 16 September 2021, a Notarial Certificate shall be deemed to be validly authenticated by the affixing of an Apostille to the back of the Notarial Certificate.
A recipient of the notarised document will be able to search and verify the authenticity of the notarised and authenticated documents via a search register at here.
A specimen Apostille issued by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) is shown below:
How do I get my document notarised? #
Before obtaining an Apostille, your document must be notarised by a Notary Public in Singapore. Ensure the notary public endorses the document with a signature and a notarial certificate.
Your Notary Public will issue the Notarial Certificate upon payment of the Authentication Fee to SAL. Once the notarisation is complete, please proceed to the SAL Counter for SAL’s authentication to collect the Apostille.
How do I collect the Apostille from SAL? #
You or your representative will need to bring your notarised document to SAL and SAL will affix the Apostille sticker on the back of the Notarial Certificate. Please visit SAL at the address below or check its website for its latest information.
Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)
For Apostille, currently, no appointment is required (subject to change). No payment is required. Counter service.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: closed
Eve of New Year, Chinese New Year, Christmas: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm