Whether you require notarisation and/or legalisation will depend on what document you have, and what country you will be using the document in.
Certain documents can be apostilled directly by the FCDO, without needing to be notarised. These include:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Death certificates
- ACRO police certificates
- Certified Companies House document
Generally, if a document issued by an official government department/body/agency has an original wet ink signature from a government official it can be apostilled directly.
If the document was issued with an electronic signature, or no signature at all, it will need to be notarised first before it can be apostilled.
Common government-issued documents that often need notarisation first include:
- DBS police certificates
- Decree Absolute
Let us know what document you have, and we can advise on whether it needs notarisation and legalisation, or whether it will only need legalisation.