Apostille Apostille of an official document before translation


What is this?

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

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Where do I get this done?

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.

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