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Apostille FAQs
  • Can I send my application to you electronically?
    • No. We can only issue an apostille to the hard copy of a UK public document. The document must bear the original signature or seal of a UK public official. We cannot issue an apostille against a scanned, printed, or photocopied signature. This includes e-mails, photocopies, and facsimiles.
  • What happens once you receive my application?
    • Providing your application is in order, we will then check that we can legalise your documents by comparing the signature, seal or stamp with an example held on our database. If we do not hold an example of the signature, seal or stamp, we will verify that it is genuine by contacting the relevant body or person. This may extend processing times. Once the signature, seal or stamp of the UK public official on your documents has been confirmed we will attach an apostille to your document. The apostille will be signed by a legalisation officer and embossed with the seal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Your documents will then be dispatched back to you.
  • Can you send my completed document to someone else?
    • Yes. We can send your document to anyone in the world. Simply give us your instructions in writing when you send the documents to us. (we will, of course, send you a copy of the completed document for your records).
  • Can the Apostille Certificate be applied to any document?
    • Nearly all documents can have an apostille. It is the norm for documents to be executed in the country of origin. A UK document gets a UK apostille (there are exceptions to this so please contact us for more advice). There are a few documents that simply cannot be issued with an apostille. For example a home office letter relating to your right to work in the UK is solely for use within the UK and cannot be processed.
  • I don't have all the information. Can you still supply a copy certificate?
    • The required information depends upon when the birth took place. For events within the past 50 years, we require that all sections are completed on the application form. For events prior to 1958, we only require the full name (or at least forename & surname), date or year of birth, and ideally location. If the name is common, then additional information may be required to ensure that the correct certificate is reproduced. With any order, we will check up to a 5 year period. Should a wider search be required, we will contact you to arrange the necessary details.
  • Can you legalise documents without seeing a Notary?
    • Yes. It may be that no notarial intervention is required, and a solicitor or other official can sign the document. 
  • When is an Apostille needed?
    • Usually the lawyers in the foreign jurisdiction will specifically state that an Apostille is needed. Sometimes they simply assume that one will be affixed and do not mention it specifically. Commercial documents very often need Apostilles and Powers of Attorney almost always. If in doubt, it is better to have an Apostille affixed than not.
  • What services do you provide?
    • We provide a full range of legalisation and notary services. Whether you need a notary, an Apostille or need your documents legalised by a UK consulate, we are able to do it for you hassle free, and at a very reasonable price. Our legalisation services are very flexible. If your situation is a little out of the ordinary, please, get in touch and let’s see what we can do.
  • How do you handle my information?
    • LLS respects your privacy and will NEVER misuse or pass personal information to any 3rd-party. If you would like to read our Privacy Policy, you can find this here.
  • Which countries accept an Apostille?
    • The following countries recognise and issue Apostilles for the international legalisation of documents. These are collectively known as ‘member countries of the Hague Apostille Convention’: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, China (Macau & Hong Kong), Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Republic of, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Republic of, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, FYR of Macedonia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela.

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