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

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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

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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

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what DOES apostille MEAN?

The word "apostille" refers to a part of the Hague Convention, ratified by 19 countries in October 1961 and now applicable to 120 countries across the world, standardising acceptance practice for foreign public documents, by using an apostille certificate.

It means that public documents executed in the territory of one Member Country can be prepared for use in another Member Country.

apostille certificate example

The following are deemed to be public documents according to the Hague Convention (Apostille):

a)  documents emanating from an authority or an official connected with the Courts;

Examples - Decree Nisi, Decree Absolute, Adoption Order, etc

b)  administrative documents;

Examples - Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates, HMRC Letter of Confirmation of Residence, other HMRC Correspondence, Companies House documents.

c)  notarial acts;

Examples - Any document prepared by a Notary Public in England (not any other UK Notary jurisdiction)

d)  official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentications of signatures.

Examples - Educational Certificates (GCSE, A-Level, Degree, TEFL, etc.), Powers of Attorney, etc.

you may need an apostille for:

  1. Visa Application

  2. Job Application overseas

  3. Getting married overseas

  4. Registering a life event overseas

  5. Opening a bank account overseas

  6. Registering trademarks abroad

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CAN I place an apostille order without a physical document?

Yes

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Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates for apostille

 

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