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Welcome to The Legalisation Office

Welcome to Legalisation Office This website is provided to assist you in obtaining apostille certificates for your documents through the FCO.

The primary function of The Legalisation Office is to issue Apostille Certificates to UK documents so that the signatures, stamps or seals on the document will be accepted in an official capacity when presented to a person, company or authority outside of the UK.

If you require an Apostille for a UK document then the team at The Legalisation Office can assist you. The Legalisation Office provides a quick document legalisation service obtaining Apostille Certificates for documents that originate within the United Kingdom including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


What is an Apostille Certificate?

An Apostille Certificate is a small certificate that can be attached to a UK document to validate official signatures or seals on the document. The Apostille is only issued once various checks have been completed to ensure the signature or seal on the document is from a recognised UK legal practitioner or official UK Body or representative of an official UK Body.

Once the Apostille Certificate has been issued to a UK document it can then be presented outside of the UK in any member country and will be accepted as a document containing legitimate legal signatures or seals.

The Apostille Certificate originates from the Hague Conference on Private International Law (la Conférence de La Haye). Member countries of the Hague Conference can agree to accept Apostille Certificates in place of any other form of legalisation or authentication. The intention is to simplify cross border laws and remove the need for various Embassy legalisation which differs from one country to another. Countries which do not recognise the Apostille Certificate usually still request a document is issued with an Apostille but will then require further legalisation through their own Embassy.

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