Notary Co UK provides a same-day Foreign and Commonwealth Office legalisation service. If you are able to get your documents to us by lunch time, we can get then stamped by the (FCO) and back to you later in the day. The FCO charge £75 per Apostille stamp per document. If the notarised document needs Consular legalisation more time is needed. Particularly in connection with some countries where the legalisation process requires two visits. Such countries include UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, Taiwan, Vietnam, China and Uruguay.
Agency Service: as we are close to most international embassies and consulate offices, we provide a Consular legalisation service for other notaries or individuals – please enquire.
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.
Document in connection with getting married abroad. For example UK Certificates of No Impediment (CNI) or 'No Trace' letters. Note only original CNIs and letters issued by the General Register Office confirming that there is no trace of an individual currently being married can be legalised.
The legal paperwork you need to complete for an overseas wedding can be confusing. Fortunately help can be found on the Foreign Office web site.
UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates: Only original or certified copies of certificates issued by the General Register Office (GRO) or local Register Offices in the UK, or British Diplomatic Missions overseas can be legalised.
Only original death certificates issued by a UK coroner can be legalised.
UK Educational Documents: Educational documents which are not degrees, diplomas, certificates, qualifications or other awards may be legalised if they have been issued by an educational establishment in the UK. This includes school reports and letters concerning enrolling, attendance, fees and grades.
Documents which are degrees, diplomas, certificates, qualifications or other awards can be legalised if they were issued by a recognised educational establishment – we can advise in individual cases.
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.
Powers of attorney:
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.
Documents from HM Revenue and Customs: photocopies or original documents.
National Identification Certificates: Association of Chief Police Officer certificates and Disclosure documents: only original with an official signature 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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