Applications by post

We provide a service where documents needing to be legalised can be sent to us by post. 

Postal Application Update - 09 June 2008

We have currently opened all mail received up to 6 June 2008. Applications 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 16 June 2008 for a further update.


Before you send your document(s) please check the following:

  • do your documents meet the requirements listed in documents we can legalise section?
  • have you enclosed a postal order, a company cheque or the debit/credit card payment form to cover the fee of £27 per document?
  • have you enclosed a self-addressed return envelope and included an additional £5 if you wish to have your document returned by Special Delivery or International Recorded Delivery?
  • have you included a short covering letter with your name, address and telephone number(s)?
  • have you read the Avoiding Delays page? Ensuring you meet the requirements listed there will help us to process your application as quickly as possible.

If you can answer yes to all of the above then you should post your documents to:

The Legalisation Office
Old Admiralty Building
The Mall
London SW1A 2LG

If your company belongs to the DX (Direct Exchange) subscription mail service the application may be sent to our DX address:

Legalisation Office
DX 123243
St James Park

Planning ahead

Postal applications take approximately 10 working days to process from the date they are received in the Legalisation Office. It will also take some time for the application to be posted back to you, so please allow at least  three weeks for the whole process (four weeks if you are overseas).

Delays beyond 10 working days may occur where there is a query with a signature or document, if payment is not included, or during particularly busy times of year (April-Sept).

Recorded or special delivery

We recommend that documents are sent to us by recorded or special delivery. We also recommend that documents are returned to you by recorded or special delivery. To ensure that this happens please include your own pre-paid special/recorded delivery self addressed envelope, or add £5 to the total you are paying for each set of documents. For example for one document you should send £32 (£27 + £5), for four documents £113 (4 x £27 + £5) etc. Your documents will be returned by normal First Class post if the additional £5 fee is not paid.

Keep a note of the special or recorded delivery tracking numbers for your application. If the document has not been returned to you within 3 weeks (overseas customers should allow 4 weeks), please check its progress on the relevant postal company’s website before calling our office to enquire about the application.

You may also use a courier company to send documents to us if you wish. Again you should ensure you keep a note of the tracking number of the application. Please note that we are unable to arrange for your application to be returned to you by courier.

Please also note that we can only return documents to the individual or organisation who sent them to us, and that we are unable to forward them on to other individuals or organisations.


Please do not send cash. We accept payment by the following methods:

1. Debit/Credit card: Please print off and complete the 'Payment form' and send it with your document(s) to the address given on the form.
2. Postal Order: Please make Postal Orders payable to the 'Foreign & Commonwealth Office'.
3. Company Cheque: Please make Company cheques payable to the 'Foreign and Commonwealth Office'. Please note we cannot accept personal cheques.

Overseas customers can pay using a credit card, International Money Order/Bankers Draft or Postal Orders.