Which type of document needs legalisation?

Basic

Needs no solicitor certification before apostille application

-g.r.o. certificate

UK Adoption, Birth, Civil Partnership, Death, Marriage Certificates. Original Register Office copies or Certified Copies provided by General Register Office

-ACRO certificate

ACRO Police Certificate provided by the NPCC

-HMRC DOCUMENT

Letter of Confirmation of Residence, Certificate of Residence. Must be signed by an HMRC Officer in ink

other examples

fco

Visit the fco.gov.uk

website and follow the online instructions

the apostilles group

Get in touch to benefit from our experience in carrying out thousands of applications over many years and see how we can help source replacements

Enhanced

Needs solicitor certification before apostille application

-degree certificate

A Degree, Masters, Diploma achieved at a UK University. Can include Transcripts and other supporting documents

-DBS check

Disclosure and Barring Service Check provided by gov.uk

-disclosure scotland

Criminal Records Check for people who have lived in Scotland. Provided by mygov.scot

-driving licence

UK or Foreign Driving Licence

-EDUCATION certificate

GCSE, A-Level, CELTA and other educational certificates accredited by an official UK body

-passport

UK or Foreign Passport

other examples

solicitor & fco

Arrange a visit to a solicitor local to you to have your document(s) certified to the agreed standards, then go to the fco.gov.uk

website and follow the online instructions

the apostilles group

Get in touch to benefit from our FCO registered solicitors and notaries, meaning no delays and also our experience in carrying out thousands of applications over many years

bundle

Needs collating, binding and solicitor certification before apostille application

DoWNLOAD, COLLATE, solicitor & fco

Download all necessary documents from Companies House website, bind them together and arrange a visit to a solicitor local to you to have your document(s) certified to the agreed standards, then go to the fco.gov.uk

website and follow the online instructions

the apostilles group

Get in touch to benefit from our collation and binding service. Our FCO registered solicitors and notaries, meaning no delays and also our experience in carrying out thousands of applications over many years

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how to get an apostille - you vs us

You can, of course, carry out legalisation/apostilles on your own.

Here are just a few reasons why you'll benefit from using The Apostilles Group.

do it yourself

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step 1

DOCUments

Prepare your documents, make sure you have the correct versions and be sure whether or not originals or photocopies are acceptable or need solicitor certification.

Order replacements if necessary.

potential cost

Between £10/€12/$13 and £50/€56/$63 (roughly)

potential time

Days or even weeks

step 2

solicitor

Some documents need to be certified by a UK Registered/Practicing Solicitor before an apostille can be applied for. Arrange a meeting/visit with a solicitor local to you to potentially have your documents certified.

Find a solicitor here.

potential time

Days, possibly a week

potential cost

Between £5/€6/$7 & possibly even £50/€56/$63

step 3

apostille

If your documents don't need solicitor certification, you can cut straight to this part. If not, be sure this has been done correctly and make your application using the Foreign & Commonwealth Office service found here.

potential time

Typically days, up to a week when busy

potential cost

£30/€34/$38

step 4

embassy

Once your documents have been returned, you may need a further legalisation from an Embassy whose country is not in the Hague Convention such as the UAE, Qatar or China. Some Embassies don't allow postal applications.

potential time

Days or even weeks

potential cost

Between £15/€17/$19 and £/€/$00's (roughly) + P&P

step 5

translation

Your documents may need to be translated before they can be presented to the requesting authority. Indeed, the translations themselves may need to be apostilled as well. Usually, only certified translators are acceptable.

potential time

Days, possibly a week

potential cost

Between £50/€56/$63 and £/€/$00's

step 1

DOCUments

Answer a few questions about your documents to see what's needed, including solicitor certification and ordering replacements if necessary.

cost

All advice is provided for FREE.

Replacements are chargeable

time

A few minutes

step 2

solicitor

Any documents that are to be presented to a solicitor will be certified on the day they are received and valid to do so.

time

Same day

cost

£15/€16/$18

step 3

apostille

Upon receipt of your documents and any certification that might be necessary, they will be presented for apostille using secure couriers and postal methods.

time

2-3 days

cost

BASIC - £60/€70/$80

ENHANCED - £70/€80/$95

(inc. FCO fee of £30 + P&P*)

step 4

embassy

Further legalisation from an Embassy whose country is not in the Hague Convention once your documents have recevied their UK FCO apostille.

potential time

Days, up to 1-2 weeks

potential cost

Between £50/€60/$65 and £/€/$00's

(including applicable Embassy fee + P&P*)

step 5

translation

Once apostilled, legalised or even before these procedures, The Apostilles Group can present your documents for translation and receive certified translations within days.

time

2-3 days

cost

£80/€90/$105 for first 2 pages

£35/€40/$45 per page subsequent

* Where this page mentions "+ P&P", this is purely in the context of getting the documents to the office that has to apply the apostille, legalisation or service.

It does not, under any circumstance, refer to return postage to the customer.

For more information on shipping options, please visit our Shipping and Postage page.

 
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