Apostilles UK

Apostilles UK

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We legalise and apostille documents

Do you want to legalise a document?
Apostilled documents provide legitimacy to documents if they have been issued by other countries.

To speak to our team, call Apostilles UK today. 
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Documents that can have an Apostille

We can apostille most UK documents as long as they bear an original signature, seal or stamp from a UK practising public organisation or official and it originated or has been executed in the UK. These will be under our standard service.

We can apostille photocopies of certain types of document as long as they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary as being true photocopies. If you want to apostille a certified photocopy of a particular document, and we are able to do this under our CERTIFIED service, you should also confirm with the intended recipients of the document to ensure that a certified photocopy is acceptable to them.
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  • UK educational certificates 
  • UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates
  • UK Certificates of No Impediment (CNIs) or 'No Trace' letters issued by the GRO
  • Passports
  • Change of name deed poll
  • UK court (county court) papers
  • Powers of attorney, wills, affidavits, declarations and notarial acts
  • Certificates of incorporation and other paperwork issued by Companies House
  • Export certificates
  • Documents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • National identification certificates, Association of Chief Police Officer certificates and disclosures
  • Foreign language translations
  • Foreign documents
  • Documents we cannot legalise

UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates

UK Certificates of No Impediment (CNIs) or 'No Trace' letters issued by the GRO
Original CNIs and GRO issued letters confirming that there is no trace of an individual currently being married can be apostilled.

Please note that we are not able to apostille photocopies of these documents,
even if they have been signed by a practising UK solicitor or notary public or attached to a notarial cover sheet.

Contact the GRO or your local registry office for more information on obtaining certified copies of these types of certificates.

We cannot Apostille photocopies of these documents under any circumstances.
Passports

We cannot apostille original passports of any nationality. Photocopies of the bio data page of British and foreign
passports may be apostilled if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true photocopies of the original.
We can arrange this only if the original passport is sent to us.

Change of name deed poll

All change of name deed poll documents (originals as well as copies) must be certified by a
practising UK solicitor or notary public as being original or true photocopies, before they can be apostilled.

UK court (county court) papers

Original papers issued by UK courts can be apostilled. Photocopies of these can also be apostilled if they have been
certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original.

Powers of attorney, wills, affidavits, declarations and notarial acts

Originals of these can be apostilled if they have been signed in the UK by the individual(s) concerned and the signature(s) witnessed by a practising UK solicitor or notary public. The solicitor or notary public should certify this clearly on the document.

Certificates of incorporation and other paperwork issued by Companies House

We can apostille originals of these only if they have been signed by an official of Companies House.
If the originals do not bear an original signature of a Companies House official then they must be certified
by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being originals. Photocopies of Companies House paperwork
can be apostilled if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the originals.

Export certificates

We can apostille export certificates only if they have been signed by an official of the relevant UK Government Department.
Photocopies of export certificates may be apostilled if a practising UK solicitor or notary public has certified them to
confirm that they are true copies of the originals.

Documents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Original documents from HMRC can be apostilled if they are signed by an HMRC official, a practising UK solicitor or a notary public.
Photocopies of these can also be apostilled if they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public
as being true copies of the original.

National Identification certificates, Association of Chief Police Officer certificates and disclosures

Only originals issued by the National Identification Service (NIS) and signed by an NIS official can be apostilled.
We cannot apostille photocopies of these under any circumstances.

Original disclosures including Disclosure Scotland must be signed by a member of the Criminal Records Bureau
or a practising UK solicitor or notary public before they can be apostilled.
We cannot apostille photocopies of these under any circumstances.

Only originals from the Association Of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) can be apostilled
and should be signed in person by an ACPO official.
Photocopies of these cannot be apostilled under any circumstances.

Foreign language translations

We can apostille translations of UK documents issued or executed in the UK.
These need to have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public confirming that they are true translations.
Please note that we are not able to apostille documents on the signatures of the translators unless
they are also a practising UK solicitor or notary public, or a consular official.

Foreign documents

If you have a foreign document which requires legalisation you should contact the
relevant Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the UK for advice.

If you have been advised that your document needs to be appended to a notarial coversheet containing a
certification from a practising UK solicitor or notary public, we can only apostille the notarial certificate.

Alternatively photocopies of foreign documents can be apostilled if they have been certified
by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original.

Documents we cannot legalise

Under no circumstances can we legalise photocopies of GRO documents (Birth Certificates, Death Certificates or Marriage Certificates), even if they have been signed by a UK notary or solicitor practising in the UK or if they are attached to a notarial cover sheet. Nor can we legalise any documents that are attached to, or include, a photocopy of a GRO issued document.

These must be original certificates that can be ordered from the General Register Office by us on your behalf for £30.

We will not legalise UK educational certificates (originals or certified photocopies) under any circumstances
if the issuing authority is not registered with one of the UK accredited/regulated bodies.

We cannot legalise original passports of any nationality or legalise photocopies of Disclosure Scotland documents.

In the UK legalisation is performed by the FCO Legalisation Office at Milton Keynes. This list is by no means exhaustive.
Please contact Apostille Certificates UK if your document is not listed here.

Call Apostilles UK for professionally apostilled documents.
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