What is an Apostille?
Once a document has been notarised by a notary public, in addition many countries also require an Apostille to be endorsed as well.
Apostille & Legalisation
An Apostille is a certificate that is issued through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirming the authenticity of the signature and seal of the notary public. This process is called legalisation. As to whether an Apostille is required to be endorsed on your document, depends upon if the country to which you are submitting your document is a member of The Hague Convention.
If the country in which your document is destined for use is a member of the Hague Convention, then an Apostille shall be required.
For countries who are not members of the Hague Convention, in addition to requiring an Apostille, a further certificate may be required from the Consulate for the country in which the document is destined for use .
Documents destined for use in countries which are part the British Commonwealth seldom need legalisation.
Please contact us by clicking here if you require assistance in respect of an Apostille and or legalisation at Foreign Consulates.
You must contact us and arrange an appointment so that we can attend upon you and take your instructions in person. We cannot take instructions through a third party.
If your have mobility or health issues, we can visit you to attend upon you, take instructions and if required to either draft, notarise a document or apply for an Apostille. We can visit your home, at hospitals, or care homes.
Each person appearing before the notary public to apply for an Apostille shall need the following forms of identification and items:
A Valid Passport
Or a Valid Photo Card UK Driving Licence
One proof of postal address which is no more than three months old. You can use either of the following:
A utility bill
A bank statement
A letter received in the post from either a Doctor, Hospital or any other person or organisation.