All authencate documents requiring attestation or Apostille should be first authenticated by the specific companies in the state from where the document has been issued. In case of personal documents, home department /general administrative department are the distinctive authorities. In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by way of the schooling department of the concerned state authorities/Union Territory. The details of the regional Authentication Centre (RACs) in the States from wherein the documents need to first be authenticated are given below. The Ministry of external Affairs attests the documents on the basis of the signature of the specified signing authorities of the state government/Union Territory/Chambers of commerce; subsequently it does not take duty of the contents of the documents.
Commercial documents are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of trade earlier than these can be attested through the Ministry of external Affairs.