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Miscellaneous Services

Attestation of Power of Attorney

  • * Apostille Convention: the Hague Convention, to which India and USA are signatories, abolishes the requirement of legalization for Foreign Public Documents. With the certification by the Hague Convention 'Apostille', the document is entitled to recognition in India andvice versa and no certification by the Embassy/Consulates of India is required. The convention applies to public documents which have been executed in the territory of one Contracting State and which must be produced in the territory of another Contracting State. 
  • * However, in many places in India, they would easily recognize the attestation by the Indian Embassy/Consulate and hence may ask for attested copy despite the document already being apostilled. Hence, to avoid any inconvenience, if you wish to have the apostilled document also attested by the Consulate, you may apply to the Consulate. 
  • * The Consulate will attest the documents only after they have been first apostilled by the concerned state authorities in the US in case of applicants holding foreign nationality. Apostilling is done at the offices of the Secretary of State where the applicant resides. For details, please check the state government’s websites. There is no need for the documents to be apostilled for Indian Passport holders and OCI/PIO card holders. However, the POA documents must be duly notarized.
  • * Please note that Commercial Documents are NOT attested by the Consulate. The same should be apostilled from US Government Authorities for presenting in India.
  • * The Consulate reserves the right to reject attestation of documents the contents of which are objectionable or contrary to the Rules.

Normal processing time is 8-10 business days

Required documents:

  1. Completed application form  for "Attestation of Power of Attorney" with one passport size photo affixed in the box.
  1. Fill in all the information correctly. Incomplete application will be returned without service.
  2. Applicant's valid original passport and a photocopy of pages containing personal particulars (first three and last two pages). (Applicants while forwarding applications by postal mail for all kinds of consular services may send only notarized copies of Passport.)
  3. Copy of valid Visa/Green Card for Indian citizens and for other citizens of Indian origin attach a copy of their OCI card/PIO card/Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Certificate if applicable.
  4. Copy of Proof of address (utility bill, driver license or lease agreement)
  5. If the applicant presents himself/herself in person at the Consulate, the Original and a photocopy of the Power of Attorney must be submitted. It is reiterated that no notarization is necessary in such cases. The applicant can self attest.
  6. If the applicant wishes to send by post or through any other person, then send notarized Original Power of Attorney and photocopy of the notarized Power of Attorney.
  7. Name and father's name of the expectant should be exactly as in the Passport with expanded initials. Power of Attorney should invariably state that "I (name of applicant), ……… son/daughter of (name of father) …………resident of ……… (address in India and abroad) and holder of Indian/US Passport No. …… issued on …… at …………… PIO/OCI card no ............. issued on ............... at ............... (if applicable) hereby ……………."
  8. All the pages of the Power of Attorney have to be signed by the applicant, a photograph must be pasted on the front page and signed across.(If in one POA, there are two or more signatories or executants, then each signature/executants will be considered as separate application and so separate consular fee as well as ICWF fee will be charged.
    For e.g : One poa with the signatures of two executants, then the attestation fee will be 2 x $20=$40;ICWF fee will be 2x $2=$4.However mailing fee can be same  eg:$20 only if there is one recipient.)
  9. Fee $20 per attestation and $2 for ICWF per application.
  10. If application is being sent by post please sent a separate $20/- cashier’s check or money order fee for return mail. No prepaid envelopes are accepted.
  11. Fee is to be paid by cashier’s check or money order drawn only in favor of "Consulate General of India, Houston". There should be a separate cashier’s check or money order for ICWF Fee. Cash payment is also accepted at the counterof the Consulate. Applicants are requested to come with exact change for efficient services.
  12. Personal checks, Debit cards and Credit cards are not accepted.
  13. In case of attesting a Commercial/Agricultural document, please visit https://cgihouston.gov.in/pages/Mzg, for details regarding the application and fee.