Get your South African birth certificate fast!

We will obtain your unabridged birth certificate in 4 to 8 weeks or less

Eliminate the worry, frustration and hassle of applying for your unabridged birth certificate or vault birth certificate at South African Home Affairs. We’ll will order your certificates on your behalf, track your order and deliver them to you worldwide by express courier in the shortest possible time. Our services also Include apostille legalisation.

Special offer: all certificates only $139 (USD), all Apostilles only $79

Easy Payment

Easy Secure payments in USD using Visa, Mastercard or Paypal. View our pricing here.

Express Service

Worldwide Express Courier delivery in 3-5 working days once we have obtained your documents

Peace of Mind

We scan and send you copies of your documents before we courier them and make any corrections .


Call us on +27 11 568 2784, email us or fill out the form and we will contact you to find out your exact requirements and generate a free custom quote

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Who we are

We’re a Johannesburg based document services company

South African Document Services (Pty) ltd is a privately owned document and legalisation services company. We have over 10 years of experience in obtaining unabridged birth certificates and vault birth certificates from Home Affairs, in addition to providing Apostille stamp services.

Importantly, we are not affiliated with the Department of Home Affairs or any High Court issuing body.

In short, our company charges for successfully and quickly obtaining various government documents. We service mainly clients outside of South Africa who would not otherwise be able to obtain these documents.

Our services

We provide the following services:

South African unabridged birth certificate

An Unabridged Birth Certificate is a document issued by Home Affairs. It shows the full information of the individual and the biological parents or legal guardians.

Passengers under the age of 18 require this certificate (in addition to passports and visas) when entering or exiting South Africa.

Price: $139 USD
Time: 4-8 weeks

South African Vault Birth Certificate

A Vault Birth certificate is a stamped and signed Home Affairs document. It’s a photocopy of the original birth registration form completed by the parents.

This type of certificate is most often needed when applying for British Citizenship, and also for other citizenships and passports

Price: $139 USD
Time: 4-8 weeks

South African Apostille Certificate and Seal

An Apostille is a form of authentication issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. It’s attached to your original document and verifies it as authentic and legitimate

Apostilles are ordinarily attached to documents that are intended for use outside of South Africa 

Price: $79 USD
Time: 2-3 days

How we work

We make sure that our communication is clear and honest, and that your experience is as pleasant as humanly possible

1. Contact Us

Contact us or download one of our order forms. We will work with you to find out your exact requirements, and give you the proper advice so that you obtain the correct documents.

2. Complete

Complete an order form for each document application and email it to us along with a copy of your South African ID or passport and any special requirements that you may have.

3. Check

We’ll check the application and make sure everything is filled out correctly, and then send you an invoice that can be paid online by Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or manually by wire transfer.

4. Payment

Once we have received payment, we’ll immediately submit your application. Your application is tracked at Home Affairs, monitored for any problems, and collected when it is ready.

5. Verify

A high quality scan is then emailed to you of your ordered documents, so that you can double check that the details are correct and approve it for final shipping to you.

6. Sent

Once you have confirmed everything is correct and added any needed Apostilles we dispatch your documents to you. Worldwide delivery normally takes 3-5 working days

Our Happy Customers

Here are just a few excerpts from recent testimonials from our happy customers.

“I just wanted to thank you for getting my kid’s birth certificates so quickly. I am grateful because you saved me months on my Oz application and I am therefore very happy to recommend you to anyone else who needs these services”

Dave Owens, Australia – December 2018

“After two years of trying I had given up any hope of ever getting my vault birth certificate from Home Affairs. You managed to get it in 16 days! I cannot say thank you enough for your excellent service. Thank you once again.”

Elsabe Smit, South Africa – November 2018

“The documents were delivered today by courier as promised …. I want to commend you on your excellent communication and great customer service. It’s so rare to find a company that overdelivers like you have.”

James Masterson, United Kingdom – November 2018