We can arrange the legalisation of all UK certificates including birth, death, marriage and degrees. 

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Apostille FAQs
  • Do you have your own notaries and solicitors?
    • No. We have no notaries and solicitors working for us and are not authorised or regulated to provide the services of a notary of law firm. We are essentially a service provider arrange for the legalisation of documents on your behalf. We do, however, have a series of close working relationships with notaries and law firms. These relationships enable us to offer a fast, efficient and seamless service to our clients.
  • Can I send my application to you electronically?
    • No. We can only arrange for the 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 arrange for the 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 arrange for the legaliseation of 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 arrange for the attachment of 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 60 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. For more popular names, 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 arrange for documents to be legalised without using your external 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 can arrange 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 make the appropriate arrangements for you, our service is straightforward and cost-effective. Our legalisation services are very flexible so don't worry if your requirements are a little out of the ordinary. Please get in touch with us to discuss your specific needs.
  • 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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