Our aim is to simplify the process of document legalisation which is also known as having an Apostille Certificate or Apostille Stamp. In the UK this means getting the Apostille from the FCO Legalisation Office. Most people will only encounter this requirement very rarely so it is quite often the first, and only, time you will need to know about it. We will discuss why you may need to have it done and how to go about it but for definitive information and to get the process under way please visit Apostille Services.
You will need an Apostille Certificate, also known as the Hague Apostille, when a foreign organisation has requested that you have UK-sourced papers legalised as proof of authenticity. In the UK the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Legalisation Office will apply an Apostille Certificate only to UK-sourced papers and, once done, they will be usable overseas. There is a reciprocal agreement between countries signed up to Convention 12 of the Hague Convention stating that member states will accept paperwork apostilled in any of the other member states.
Once you have confirmed your apostille requirements with the receiving overseas authority it is advisable to employ reputable service providers such as Apostille Services to do the work for you. This will save time and money and using someone who is familiar with all the procedures involved will ensure timely, trouble-free completion of your apostille.
Can I do the following?
The Apostille Certificate (shown right) is a paper attachment which is fixed permanently to your supplied document. It will then be accepted as authentic in any of the Hague Convention countries (see above). As it is glued and embossed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apostille Seal you may wish to apostille a certified copy so that the original remains unchanged.
The certificate contains the following information:
Country of origin
Apostille is a French word that means a certification. It is commonly used in English to refer to the certification of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. Documents that have been notarised by a Notary Public, and certain others, and then certified with a conformant apostille are accepted for legal use in all the nations that have signed the Hague Convention.
Common mis-spellings are apostile, appostile, appostille.