What does Apostille represent and why is it required.
An Apostille is a document that is issued by a government agency that can be used to confirm the authenticity of documents being presented in another country.
Usually, the document is issued by the state that originated the original document. In some cases, another state can also issue the same document. Once a document has an Apostille, it can be presented to any country that accepts the legitimacy of the signature and seals.
The Legalization Office will check the authenticity of the document by examining its signature, seals, and stamps. It can then legalise it by attaching an official certificate (an ‘apostille’) to it.
To use the service you’ll need:
- the documents you want to legalise
- a credit or debit card for payment
- the address you want your documents returned to
- Payment of fee £30 or a greater amount if the same day service is desired.
- (Legal cost).
Although the UK’s apostille certificates are accepted in most countries, some require further legalization. For instance, if a document is presented in a country that is not part of the Hague Convention, it may require further legalization.
This usually involves attaching an apostille to the document and then legalizing it through the embassy of the country where it was issued.
This can be very time-consuming and involve various procedures and costs. It’s also important to talk to the person or authority who will be accepting the document to get their exact requirements.
You can use our services for the legalisation of the documents by selecting the miscellaneous option on the booking page.