Apostille / Legalisation


Legalisation is the process by which notarised documents are authenticated on behalf of the UK and other Governments. Legalisation in the UK is carried out by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by fixing to the document what is known as an Apostille.

UK legalisation is required by some but not all foreign countries. Some also require legalisation by their own Consulates or Embassies in the UK. Before bringing a document to me for notarisation, please check with the recipient in the country to which the document is going whether any legalisation is required, and if so which, or ask me to do so.

I can then arrange legalisation for you. Additional fees and expenses will apply, which I will explain when I know your requirements.

Documents sent for standard UK legalisation are usually returned in four working days. There is an expedited service for urgent documents. Legalisation by other countries may take longer.

I can arrange for completed documents to be sent direct by post or courier to any UK or foreign address.

Costs for this process vary, depending on the destination country and the number of documents. If you would like a quotation, please ask when making an appointment.