What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a certificate to authenticate an official public document, for its use abroad, as stated by the Hague Convention 1961. Apostilles are a way of certificating the document owner’s signature, thus authenticating its origin and ensuring documents will be recognised and valid abroad.

Documents that can be legalised by the use of apostilles include birth certificates; death certificates; marriage certificates; documents of administrative nature; documents emanating from an authority or an official with a court, tribunal or commission; extracts ...

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Notarised Passport Copies – is Your Passport Signed?

HM Passport Office has for some years been incorporating electronic images of signatures onto the British Passports that it issues. A decision has now been made to revert to manual hand written signatures in an updated style of passport which our notaries office understand is about to be issued.  On this basis passport holders receiving this new passport will, to ensure the passport is valid, be required to sign in black biro on a new page which our Notary Offices ...

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UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legalisation Services Christmas Opening times

Many documents which are Notarised will then require Legalisation by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London. At our Notary Public offices we provide a same day legalisation service for Notary clients who needs documents fully Legalised at short notice. The process of Legalisation is undertaken by the FCO adding an Apostille Legalisation certificate to the Notarised document. For further information regarding legalisation requirements please follow this link.  The Opening hours for ...

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What is an Apostille?

Simply put, an Apostille is a certificate attached to an official document that authenticates that document by certifying the signatures/stamps are genuine. The key point is that an Apostille allows that document to be accepted in other countries without further legislation. What notarised documents can be legalised in this way? Apostille can legalise public documents that bear an original signature, seal or stamp from a UK public organisation or official such as a Notary Public. Examples ...

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Legalisation requirements for Taiwan – London Notary Guide

As a London Notary office in London we are often presented with documents to be Notarised and Legalised for Taiwan. If documents are intended for use in Taiwan then the first stage is to locate a Notary in London who can Notarise the document. Once Notarised the document should be certified by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office(“FCO”) by way of Apostille certificate. This Apostille process is often referred to as Apostillised, Apostillisation or Legalisation.

Before being certified, you must take a signed ...

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St Kitts and Nevis Legalisation Requirements Guide

Documents for use in St Kitts and Nevis should be certified by the UK and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, by way of Apostille.

The legalisation fee to obtain an Apostille Certificate is £75 per document and documents will be processed by the Legalisation Office in Pall Mall within 24 hours if lodged with the FCO before 14:00.

If Notary clients ever need to visit The High Commission for St Kitts and Nevis, ...

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Legalisation Guide for Germany

If documents are intended for use in Germany, they should be certified by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office by way of Apostille (“FCO”).

The legalisation fee is £75 per document and documents will be processed the same day if lodged with the FCO before 14:00 hours. The FCO has two legalisation offices. The public legalisation office is situated in Milton Keynes, roughly 55 miles north of London. The FCO will usually charge ...

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Guide to the Legalisation Requirements of Antigua & Barbuda

Documents for use in Antigua and Barbuda require legalisation by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”).

Documents lodged before 2pm at the Legalisation Office of the FCO can be returned fully legalised the same day. An Apostille Certificate requires a legalisation fee of £75 per document.

The FCO has two legalisation offices. The public legalisation office is situated in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. The FCO will usually charge £30 per Apostille certificate. Documents will usually need to be signed before ...

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Spanish Legalisation Requirements

Documents for use in Spain (including the Canary Islands) should be certified by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) by way of Apostille.

The legalisation fee is £69 for each document and documents will be processed within 24 hours if lodged with the FCO before 2pm.

The FCO has two legalisation offices. The public legalisation office is situated in Milton Keynes, roughly 55 miles north of London. The FCO will usually charge £30 per Apostille certificate. Documents will usually ...

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French Legalisation Guide

Documents for use in France should be certified by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office by way of Apostille (“FCO”).

The legalisation fee is presently £75 per document. If lodged before 2pm, the documents will be processed the same day.

The FCO currently has two legalisation offices. The Legalisation office open to the public is located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. The FCO will charge £30 per Apostille certificate. Documents will need to be signed before a London Notary Public, and ...

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