UK FCDO Apostille

Overview

An Apostille certificate is a form of confirmation issued to UK documents by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. This certificate is usually requested by foreign governments and organisations for use abroad. Once an Apostille has been affixed to your document, it will be valid in member countries of The Hague Convention. 

In the UK, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is the sole government entity responsible for issuing apostilles. For other countries it will vary, depending on their rules and regulations. 

Embassy legalisation may be required depending on the country you plan to use your document.

Certify by a UK Solicitor

  • Public documents such as birth and marriage certificates are not required to be certified, as they will contain a signature from an official.
     

  • Documents from UK Overseas territories will require a Notary Public* 

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Apostille Stamp

  • Your document will be presented to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office with the Apostille seal affixed thereafter

  • Standard and Express services are available

Standard

3 Days

£60

Express

1 Day

£140

Standard

3 Days

£60

Express

1 Day

£140

Standard

3 Days

£70

Express

1 Day

£150

Standard

3 Days

£70

Express

1 Day

£150

Standard

3 Days

£70

Express

1 Day

£150

Standard

3 Days

£70

Express

1 Day

£150

What is the purpose of the Hague Convention? and what countries are in the agreement?
The Apostille Convention facilitates the circulation of public documents executed in one Contracting Party to the Convention and to be produced in another. With this, it replaces the formalities of a full legalisation process between the parties in the convention.
The countries in the Hague Convention as follows:
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Servia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
Will my attested document expire?
No,

An attested document will not expire. Both the embassy stamp and FCO apostille do not hold expiry dates and are valid indefinitely.
How do I know if a document has been certified?
Your UK document must be certified by either:
  1. A Solicitor or Notary Public in the UK
  2. An official of the British Council
When a Solicitor or Notary Public signs a document, it must include the following:
  1. Sign the document in the UK
  2. State the action taken eg witnessed, certified a copy, confirmed as original
  3. Use their personal signature, not a company signature
  4. Include the date of certification
  5. Include their name and company address
Can I get the documents attested myself?
Absolutely!

This process can be undertaken by yourself, however, you may incur additional fees such as solictor certification and the travel or postage to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Milton Keynes. The premium service (one day service) is only available for registered businesses. Once your document has arrived back from the FCO you can present your document to the consulate during submission hours and return back on the same day for collection. We save our clients time and money as we have a dedicated team travelling to the FCO and embassy on a daily basis.
How can I verify my apostille?
To verify your apostille, you will need to visit the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/verify-apostille

You’ll need:
The date the Apostille was issued
The Apostille number

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