Complete Legalisation Services
We can help getting your documents legalised and ensuring they are compliant before being presented to the relevant embassy or consulate in the UK. We also offer Apostille Legalisation by the FCDO Legalisation branches in London (within 5-6 hours) and in Milton Keynes (Next-Day Delivery).
'Start-to-Finish' Consular & Embassy Services
The ideal solution to get your documents legalised with a reliable, fast and cost-effective service.
We process documents every day to ensure a quick turnaround, avoiding unnecessary delays.
Use our worldwide ‘Legalisation Guide’ by searching the country’s name in the list of countries provided. This will give you an indication of the main legalisation requirements for that specific country.
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Are you looking for Apostille Legalisation?
We offer standard Apostille legalisation by the FCDO in Milton Keynes (next day service*) as well as premium Apostille by the FCDO in London (turnaround time 5-6 hours) at competitive rates.
What is legalisation?
Legalisation is the process by which the signature and seal of the Notary Public or government officer/department are authenticated by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and/or by a foreign embassy or consulate for the country where the document is to be submitted. A number of countries, primarily in the Middle East, still require this process of further consular legalisation after the Apostilled is affixed to the document.
The legalisation requirements are determined only by the authorities in the country to which the document is going to be submitted, not by the UK government, notary public or solicitor.
Documents going to countries which are, or have been, part of the British Commonwealth seldom do not usually need legalisation nor, at present, do documents going to many parts of the United States. The legalisation requirements need to be checked with the local requesting party in the country the document is to be submitted.
How is the Legalisation Process?
After an Apostille is applied by the UK FCDO, if the country where the document is going to be submitted is not a signatory to the Hague Convention 1961, the document must be forwarded to the relevant foreign embassy, consulate or High Commission for that respective country in the United Kingdom for further legalisation/attestation. For certain Arab countries, commercial documents may also require attestation by the London and Arab-British Chambers of Commerce prior to submission to the relevant embassy, consulate or High Commission for further legalisation.
Legalisation can be a lengthy process, very specific to the particular country, and must be strictly complied with from the beginning of the process when a notary public or solicitor is certifying the document otherwise even with the Apostille and consular legalisation stamped affixed to the document, it can still be rejected when submitting to the local requesting authorities.
We can offer the legalisation by the FCDO Legalisation Office in London (premium service within 5-6 hours) or by the FCDO Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes (next working day) and subsequently submit your Apostilled document to the relevant embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the UK for further legalisation/attestation.
Learn more about our Apostille Legalisation Service.