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Same day Apostille Legalisation Service

 

 

 

Express Apostille Legalisation Service


We can legalise your documents at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office within 24 hours. We will personally submit, wait for and collect your documents, and offer both morning and afternoon services. If there is any delay or issue with the your document at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office we will let you know immeditately.

 

Morning service

We must receive your documents by 10.30am and aim to have the documents ready from 12.30pm.

 

Afternoon service

We must receive the documents no later than 3pm to have the documents ready by 4.30pm.

 

Standard Apostille Legalisation Service

If the matter is not urgent, you may opt for our standard service. Documents are sent to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office counter in Milton Keynes, and this typically takes 4-5 working days. During busy periods at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this can take upto 10 working days.

 

Consular Legalisation Service

We can assist with your legalisation requirements at the various consulates in London. Our location in the heart of London's consular district allows us ease of access to many of the consulates, and we will pesonally submit, wait for and collect your documents as required.

We have longstanding contacts at many of the consulates and can advise on the requiremenents needed at the outset of your instruction. Please contact us at info@notary.co.uk for more information. Amongst the common consulates that we reguarly attend are China, Egypt, Kuwait, Mozambique, Qatar, Vietnam, UAE.

 

What documents may be legalised?


If you want to legalise a certified photocopy of a document you should check with the end users of the document that this is acceptable to them; some documents must be originals.

As a guide, here is a list of some of the documents that may be legalised. 

Getting married abroad

Only original UK Certificates of No Impediment (CNI) or 'No Trace' letters can be legalised. The legal paperwork you need to complete for an overseas wedding can be confusing. Fortunately help can be found on the Gov.uk.

UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates:

Only original or certified copies of certificates issued by the General Register Office (GRO) or local Registry Offices in the UK, or British Diplomatic Missions overseas can be legalised. Similarly only original death certificates issued by a UK coroner can be legalised.

UK Educational Documents: 

Educational documents such as certificates, degrees, diplomas, letters concerning enrollment, attendance, fees and grades, and other qualifications or other awards may be legalised if they have been notarised first.


British passports: 

Only notarised photocopies of the bio data page of British and foreign passports may be legalised; original passports of any nationality may not be legalised.

Change of Name Deed Poll: 

Originals as well as copies

Religious documents: 

The notary public will certify original documents as being genuine, and photocopies as being true copies of the original documents such as Islamic Marriage and Divorce Certificates issued by UK mosques, Jewish Divorce Certificates issued by a Jewish Court, Baptismal Certificates of any denomination.

UK County Court documents: 

Certified photocopies or original documents issued by UK courts can be legalised.

Wills:

If you own property overseas it is a good idea to have your Will specifically mention the property and have the Will notarised. Many European countries have an official Registry of Wills; some property owners have separate Wills for their foreign estates. – we can advise in individual cases.

Affidavits, declarations and notarial acts.

Certificates of incorporation and other documents issued by Companies House.

Export certificates. 

Documents from HM Revenue and Customs: 

Photocopies or original documents may be legalised. 

National Identification Certificates:  

Only original copies of ACRO police certificates, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) documents, Criminal Records Checks and Disclosure Scotland documents can be legalised.

Medical documents:

Medical reports and letters issued by UK hospitals and NHS Trusts may be legalised as long as they have been signed by a UK doctor who is registered with the General Medical Council.

Foreign documents and translations:

Foreign documents which require legalisation may be appended to a notarial coversheet, only the notarial certificate is legalised. Alternatively photocopies of foreign documents can be legalised as being true copies of the original document.


Foreign language translations of UK documents: Foreign documents which require legalisation may be appended to a notarial coversheet, only the notarial certificate is legalised. Alternatively photocopies of foreign documents can be legalised as being true copies of the original document.

 

 


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