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Preparing the documents
Making an appointment
Do any of the documents need an Apostille or 'Legalisation'?
How to get your documents legalised. 
Fees and how to pay

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Document notarisation

If you sign a legal document for use in another country, it usually has to be notarised. This means that it must be confirmed by a person who is officially appointed by the state as a Notary in the country where you sign it. The Notary has to check that you are the person entitled to sign the document and that you understand its nature and effect. He or she witnesses you signing it and gives it international legal status by putting his or her own signature and notarial seal on it. 


Preparing the documents

Often, somebody will have already prepared the documents for you and all we have to do is notarise them. If you have received the documents by e-mail, we will probably ask you to forward them to us so that we can print them out and maybe re-format them to make them suitable for notarisation. We can also prepare many standard international documents in English from scratch. Our fees are based on the time we have to spend on the work so please ask us for a quote first.


Making an appointment

We offer a flexible walk-in service however it is best to confirm a time and date in case the notary is not available. Our Notary Public office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. A call out weekend Notary is available Saturday and Sunday. Contact us.


What you need to bring with you

Notarisation is a very serious process. It is not a rubber-stamping formality. Parties and officials in other countries rely on a notary’s confirmation that documents are genuine and have been signed by the right people. The law therefore requires us to make careful identity checks before we proceed. When you visit us please bring with you your passport or other official photo ID (e.g. both parts of a full UK driving licence) and two forms of official confirmation of your residential address such as bank statements and utility bills. These will help us to confirm your identity. Unless you are a registered client, upon arrival you will be asked to complete a notarial register form - this register forms part of the information that the Notary Public is legally required to keep - to save time download here - please complete the form and either bring it with you or fax it to: 0844 824 3407


Do any of the documents need an Apostille or 'Legalisation'?

For some legal documents to be effective outside the United Kingdom, they must be ‘legalised’. Legalisation is the official confirmation that the signature, seal and stamp of the notary is that of a genuine, practising UK notary public.


How to get your documents legalised?

Stage one involves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): they verify the notary’s signature and attach an ‘Apostille’ to your document or to the Notarial Cover Sheet prepared by the notary.

Stage two: some countries require a further verification process from their embassies or consulates. Notary Co UK can do all this for you, just ask.


The process of legalisation usually takes between
3 to 5 days

Same day legalisation

Express service available







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