Introduction

Legalisation is the process of authentication of the signature, seal or stamp that appears in a document. You can get certain official UK documents legalised to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a UK public official. You might need to do this if an official in another country has asked you to provide a UK document and they’ve said it must be legalised. The Legalisation Office will check the signature, stamp or seal. If it’s genuine, they’ll legalise the document by attaching a stamped official certificate an apostille to it. The apostille is valid in all countries who signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (5 October 1961).



Documents issued outside the UK must be legalised at the consulate of the relevant country. Each country has its own legalisation requirements determined by the type of document being legalised and its intended use.

Consular Legalisation is required when the foreign country is not party to the Hague Convention, therefore documents will need to be legalised by the relevant consulate. Some documents will need to be certified by a UK practicing solicitor or notary public, before they can be legalised.

If you are not sure if your document needs prior certification (we know exactly how confusing this can be) contact us and we will be able to help.

Procedure

1.

Chose type of document and Complete the Order form below

2.

Send us your original documents. Can post them or drop them at our office

3.

We will have your documents legalised by the appropriate authorities

4.

We send you back the legalised documents or you collect them from our office.

Fees and Processing times

Apostille


Standard service

£59 per document

  • Normally 2 working days turnaround, it currently takes up to 10 working days because of the high number of applications

Premium service

£149 per document

  • Same-day service for applications received before 10:00. They will be ready for collection on the same day around 5pm

Consular Legalisation

Due to different consular fees and different required authentications by authorities, the cost and processing times for legalisation varies depending on the Embasies and country they will be used for.

For documents from other countries we can only inform you about the costs upon request. Please complete the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to legalise?
If you need to use a UK or Irish public document in an overseas country, then you may find that the local authorities require it to be legalised document before they will accept it. Each foreign country will have its own legalisation requirements.
What is The apostille?
Apostille is a legalisation certificate attached to a document that authenticates a document for use in another country overseas then local authorities require it to be legalised before it can be considered valid. Each country has its own legalisation requirements determined by the type of document being legalised and its intended use.
What information is contained on the Apostille?
The certificate contains the following information:
- Country of origin
- Name of signatory on the document
- The capacity in which that signatory has acted
- If the document has been sealed/stamped instead of signed then the details of the authority
- Place of certification
- Date of certification
- Issuing authorities details
- Certificate number
- Stamp of issuing authority
- Authorised signature of authority
Which documents can be legalised?
Your document can only be legalised if it has been either signed and certified by an official from the issuing authority or It must also be certified, signed and dated by either a solicitor or notary public in the UK. There are exceptions for documents which have Original stated next to them in the list below DO NOT require any further solicitor or notary public certification.
- ACRO Police Certificate (Original)
- Affidavit (Original)
- Articles of association
- Bank statement
- Baptism certificate (Original)
- Birth certificate (Original)
- Certificate of incorporation
- Certificate of free-sale
- Certificate of memorandum
- Certificate of naturalisation
- Certificate of no impediment
- Chamber of Commerce document
- Change of name deed
- Civil partnership certificate
- Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) document (Original)
- Criminal records check
- Companies House document (Original)
- County court document
- Court document
- Court of Bankruptcy document
- Death certificate (Original)
- Decree nisi (Original)
- Decree absolute (Original)
- Degree certificate (UK)
- Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) document
- Department of Health document
- Diploma
- Disclosure Scotland document (Original)
- Doctor's letter (medical)
- Educational certificate (UK)
- Export certificate
- Family Division of the High Court of Justice document
- Fingerprints document
- Fit note (from a doctor)
- Government issued document
- Grant of probate
- High Court of Justice document
- HM Revenue and Customs document (Original)
- Home Office document (Original)
- Last will and testament
- Letter from an employer
- Letter of enrolment
- Letter of invitation
- Letter of no trace
- Medical report
- Marriage certificate (Original)
- Name change deed or document
- Passport (copy only)
- Pet export document from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Police disclosure document (Original)
- Power of attorney (Original)
- Probate
- Reference from an employer
- Religious document
- Sheriff court document (Original)
- Sick note (from a doctor)
- Statutory declaration
- Test results (medical)
- Translation
- Utility bill
Can you legalise Photo copy Documents?
We can legalise photocopies of certain types of documents as long as they have been certified in the UK by a practising UK notary public or solicitor as being true photocopies. Please note that this does not include Birth, Death, Marriage, Adoption and Civil certificate. If you want to legalise a certified photocopy of a particular document, and we are able to do this, you should also confirm with the authority in the destination country requiring the legalisation that a certified photocopy is acceptable to them.
Can you Legalise Laminated documents?
We are unable to legalise any document that has been laminated.
Countries which accept the Apostille Certificate
The following countries are all members of the Hague conference and have entered into force Convention 12 of 5 October 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.
These countries will therefore accept the Apostille Certificate in place of any further legalisation.
Countries not listed will often still require an Apostille but will then also require further legalisation via their embassy.

Countries A to G Countries H to P Countries R to Z

A

Albania

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Austria

Australia

Azerbaijan

 

B

Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

 

C

China (Hong Kong)

China (Macao)

Colombia

Cook Islands

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

 

D

Denmark

Dominica

Dominican Republic

 

E

Ecuador

El Salvador

Estonia

 

F

Fiji

Finland

France

FYR of Macedonia

 

G

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Grenada

H

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

 

I

Iceland

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

 

J

Japan

 

K

Kazakhstan

Korea, Republic of
 

L

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

 

M

Malawi

Macao (China)

Macedonia (FYR of) Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Mexico

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro


N

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Niue

Norway

 

P

Panama

Poland

Portugal

Pakistan

 

R

Republic of Moldova

Romania

Russian Federation

 

S

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Serbia

Seychelles

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Suriname

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

 

T

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

 

U

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America (USA)

 

V

Vanuatu

Venezuela


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