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The South African Consulate General
in Chicago, Illinois
200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel. (312) 939-7929
Fax: (312) 939-2588

The South African Consulate General
in Los Angeles, CA
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 651-0902
Fax: (323) 651-5969

The South African Consulate General
in New York City
333 East 38th Street,
9th Floor
New York NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-4880
Fax: (212) 856-1575

The South African Embassy in Washington, DC
3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 232-4400
Fax: (202) 244-9417


Authentication / Legalization of Documents

When a document is required for legal use in the Republic of South Africa, the following procedure should be followed to have it authenticated by any of the South African Missions in the USA:

  1. If the person signing the documents wishes his/her signature to be witnessed by an official of this Mission, he/she must be able to show identification.  We require two (2) original forms of identification that shows a photograph and signature of the person signing the documents (passport, driver's license, resident card, etc.) as proof of identity -- with photocopies for our records.

  2. The office is only open to the public, Mondays to Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We observe a few South African holidays and almost all major U.S. holidays. We advise you to call our offices for appointment.  Pick up of the authenticated documents is the following day.

  3. Documents sent through mail or messenger service should be signed by a Notary Public and authenticated by the County Clerk, whose signature in turn should be authenticated by the Secretary of State of the State concerned.

New York only: The only exception to above rule are documents authenticated by the New York County Clerk. In this case, the Secretary of State does not have to authenticate the County Clerk's signature. This only applies to New York county.