Please note that from 1 February 2008 we will not be legalising photocopies of UK Birth, Marriage, Civil Partnership or Death Certificates, or Certificates of No Impediment, even if they have been signed by a UK solicitor or notary public. This is because we have been advised that the General Register Offices (GRO) are the designated authorities in the UK to issue certified copies of these documents. More information on obtaining a certified copy of these types of certificates from the GRO can be found at the General Register Office.
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Postal Application Update - 28 January 2008
We have currently opened all mail received up to 25 January 2008, applications received after this date will be processed as soon as possible. To confirm that applications sent by registered or special delivery have arrived in our office please contact Royal Mail. Please visit this page on Monday 4 February 2008 for a further update.
THE FEE FOR LEGALISATION IS £27 PER DOCUMENT.
What is legalisation?
Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp appearing on a document is genuine. Having a document legalised does not mean that the content of a document is accurate or that the Foreign & Commonwealth office approves of it.
Why do documents need to be legalised?
If you are going to use British documents overseas, for business or personal reasons, you will probably be asked to have your documents legalised before they can be accepted. If you are not sure what documents need to be legalised you should contact the authority or organisation which requires the documents. Advice can often be obtained from the Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of the country concerned in London.
What documents do I need to Legalise?
We cannot advise you on which documents you need to legalise. You should contact the authority that requires the documents to obtain this information.
How do we legalise documents?
We check the signature, seal or stamp that appears on the document against our database and then attach an apostille (legalisation certificate) which confirms it is genuine.
How can I get my documents legalised?
You can send your documents to us by post or bring them to our public counter in London. Postal applications take approximately 4 weeks to process. The public counter offers a same day service. The fee for legalisation is £27 per document.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LEGALISATION OFFICE CAN ONLY LEGALISE DOCUMENTS. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO TRANSLATE DOCUMENTS, OR OFFER ANY OTHER NOTARIAL SERVICES.