How to get your UK official documents legalised?

Procedure to get your UK official documents legalised

  1. Submit your official UK documents to the legislation office (Contact details given below)
  2. Legislation office will then match your documents with their records. If it is matched, they will do it by attaching an ‘apostille’ (stamped official certificate).

Which documents can be legalised?

If the document has issued by

  • a court and sealed with a wet ink court seal
  • public registry, such as a birth, marriage or death certificate, or a company certificate issued by Companies House
  • government department and signed by an official, such as a letter of confirmation of tax registration
  • registered doctor, such as a medical certificate signed by a doctor
  • If UK public official such as UK Notary / Solicitor issued documents such as a power of attorney, a contract or a qualification certificate and copies of documents such as a passport or a driving licence

Procedure to get your UK official documents legalised:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter the personal details
  3. Enter the postal address to send your legalised documents
  4. Enter the number of documents you would like to legalise
  5. Confirm all the details and make the payment to proceed.

Types of Apostille

1.Paper based:

Send your documents through post / in person

2. e-Apostille / online:

Can upload your documents online as pdf file which must be signed electronically by UK notary or solicitor

You cannot get an e-apostille for

  • Birth, death, marriage, civil partnership and adoption certificates, or any other document from the General Register Office
  • ACRO police certificates for England and Wales
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificates for England and Wales
  • disclosure certificates for Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • fingerprint certificates
  • membership certificates for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Service option Fee per apostille
Standard (paper-based) £30, plus courier or postage costs
e-Apostille £30
Premium for registered businesses only (paper-based) £75

Drop off hours: 9am to 12:30pm, collection 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Courier costs for paper-based apostilles

Country Price
UK (including British Forces Post Office) £5 per 1.5kg
European countries (not including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey) £17.50 per 1.5kg
Rest of the world £22.50 per 1.5kg

UK Apostille Customer Care Contact number, Email

Legalisation Office

Telephone: 03700 00 22 44
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

How to verify an Apostille in UK?

  1. Visit
  2. Enter the Apostille number
  3. Enter the date the Apostille was issued (You can find on the apostille certificate)

For more details, visit

For any assistance,

Email: with the Apostille number and date

For more details, visit

Apostille: What is it? Why it is required? How to get

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