An Apostille can be obtained from the Foriegn and Commonwealth office (FCO) by anyone by post for £30 per document prior to translation. We offer Certified translations (for Anglophile countries) and Sworn translations (for Continental Europe) once the documents have the Apostille which is normally glued to the back. This would then be accepted by the recipient country/organisation.
An Apostille is the legalisation of an official UK document so it is seen in the recipient country as genuine. Or in other words, official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine.
This relates to the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (The Hague Convention, 5 October 1961). The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
An Apostille is normally a one page document embossed with the Seal of the respective state and attached to the back of the original document. The apostille includes the original signature of the individual issuing the certificate.
Not all countries accept an Apostille
Check with the list to the below.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rebublic, Denmark, Dominica, Equador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia,
Saint Christopfer and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sanmarino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinama, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tongo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu and Venezuela.
For other countries, contact your nearest Consulate/Embassy if abroad or your Ministry of Foriegn Affairs if in your home country.
For UK documents, an apostille is issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and can now only be done by post (Old address: Norfolk House West, 437 Silbury Boulevard, New Address:PO Box 6255, Milton Keynes, MK10 1XX).
It will cost £30 per document.
For further information visit the FCO's website on Legalisation
For documents issued in other countries, contact your nearest consulate/embassy of the issuing State or Ministry of Foriegn Affairs if in your own country.
Apostilles only cover Public documents, where someone on behalf of the State has issued it.
To notarize a document from a private company or individual, you would need a 'Public Notary' or Solicitor. See Notarised translation for notarising documents from private companies and individuals.