An apostille is certification issued under the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (also known as the Hague Apostille Convention).
It is an internationally recognised certification confirming the signature and/or seal of the public official who issued or certified the document.
We offer two apostille services in the UK. With our Premium service, you can get your document apostilled fast, either on the same day or the next day. With our Standard service, your document will be apostilled within 3 working days.
Documents issued by a UK government department or agency (eg. HMRC, ACRO, Companies House) which have a wet-ink signature;
Original documents apostilled in a British overseas territory (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctica Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands)
Original documents apostilled in a Crown dependency (Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man)
Check your document
We notarise many types of documents and can provide different types of certification to meet your needs.
The most popular documents we see are powers of attorney, passports, educational certificates and Companies House documentation. However, there are many other types we see regularly and are familiar with.
If your document is not listed and you are unsure if we can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to confirm.
Note: not all documents need an apostille
Check with whoever is requesting the document
Commonwealth countries, such as Australia, Canada and South Africa recognise UK notarised documents without an apostille.
Document submitted to Legalisation Office in London.
Completed within 3 working days
Document submitted to Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes.
Get Your Documents Apostilled Wherever You Are in the UK
With our e-Apostille services, you can now easily obtain the necessary apostille for your documents without the need to meet in person. This is a swift alternative to traditional apostille services, making the process more cost-effective and completed within 2 working days.
The apostille itself is a printed certificate. It is attached to the notarial certificate or document itself. The text “Apostille” is written at the top of the printed certificate, followed by the text ”Convention de La Haye du 5 October 1961”. According to Article 4 of the Hague Apostille Convention, the apostille is not valid if not written in French.
The FCDO can reject documents for many reasons. Some common examples include if the document has not been certified correctly, the person signing it is not registered at the FCDO, the certification and document don’t match, the name of the person signing is illegible and there’s no signature on the passport.
Delays can occur if the FCDO has to query your document. For example, if they don’t have the signature of the public official who issued the document on file and they need to contact them to obtain it.