Apostille Legalisation

Apostille Services

We offer standard Apostille legalisation via the FCO in Milton Keynes (next day service*) as well as premium Apostille via the FCO in London (turnaround time 1-3 hours) at competitive rates. We have daily trips to the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes and have various trips to the Legalisation Office in London throughout the day.

Standard Apostille

The best option for people that are looking for a cost effective and next-day Apostille Service.

  • Next-Day Service (for documents received by 11am)
  • Daily Trips to Milton Keynes FCO
  • Includes Apostille Fee of £30
  • Includes First Class Signed For - UK Delivery
  • Drop off and collect your documents in person at our office
  • DHL and Special Delivery arranged upon request
  • Free Consultation

Premium Apostille

The fastest London Apostille Service. Receive your documents within 1 to 3 hours.

  • Same-Day Service (Turnaround time within 1-3 hours)
  • Multiple Trips to London FCO throughout the day
  • Includes Apostille Fee of £75
  • Includes First Class Signed For - UK Delivery
  • Drop off and collect your documents in person at our office
  • DHL and Special Delivery arranged upon request
  • Free Consultation

Need to get your documents Apostilled?

Contact us to receive a free consultation on what needs to be done to get a FCO Apostille.

Are you looking for Consular Legalisation?

Consult our legalisation guide to check the consular requirements to get your documents legalised.

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille (also known as Hague Apostille) is an official certificate issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office certifying a document for use in another country, pursuant to the Hague Convention 1961. The Apostille is an abbreviated method of legalisation that certifies the Notary’s signature and seal or a signature or seal from a government body/officer.

Summarising, countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention 1961 (Convenzione dell’Aja/Convenção de Haia) have agreed to do away with the lengthy legalisation process via foreign consulates and embassies and accept documents with the Apostille as authentic. An Apostille (Apostila dell’Aja/Apostila de Haia) in the UK is issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth’s Legalisation Office (“FCO”), in Brazil by Notary Public Offices (Cartórios) and in Italy by the Prefectures of each Province.

With an Apostille certification, a notarised/certified document is entitled to recognition in the country of intended use and there is no requirement for certification or legalisation by the country of recordal’s nearest Embassy or Consulate in the United Kingdom.

Apostille Processing

We provide Apostille service via the UK FCO Legalisation Office in London (Premium Service) and in Milton Keynes (Standard Service). The processing time for documents via premium service is same day (usually within 1-3 hours) if the documentation is received by 2:00 pm and via standard service is 1 working day (next day service) if document is received at our office by 11:00 am.

The Foreign Commonwealth office does not issue an Apostille to foreign original documents if certified by a solicitor and have not been verified with the issuing institution and a certificate attached to the documentation confirming the details.

Also, a document which is received as an electronic or PDF document must be certified by the Notary Public or Solicitor as a ‘true copy of the original electronic/PDF document’, which is the suggested wording given by the Hague Convention authorities, in order to avoid rejection by the FCO.

Upon completion by the FCO, we can further process the documentation, if required, via any Chamber of Commerce, Embassy or Consulate in the UK and either return the documents to you or we can forward them directly to the receiving third party on your behalf. Our usual practice is to provide scanned copy and tracking details by e-mail before despatching the completed documentation.

if you wish to find out more about how to process your documentation and costs, please contact us at info@wlegalisation.co.uk or call us on 020 3633 4575.

The Hague Convention 1961

The purpose of the Convention is that it abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalisation for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another.

Documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention Apostille are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of one country to another country party to the Convention and the courts and authorities have been alerted to this obligation.

Consular officers in Convention countries are prohibited from placing a certification over the Convention Apostille, however, some consulates still do. Please see a list of the countries which are Signatory to the Hague Convention and require Apostille only as the method of legalisation.

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