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We can apostille most UK documents which bear an original signature, seal or stamp from a UK public organisation or official and it originated or has been executed in the UK.

If a practising UK solicitor or notary public is signing a document they should state clearly what exactly it is they are certifying in relation to the document, i.e. an original or true copy. They must sign in their own name and not use a company signature. They should clearly print their name and their firm's name under the signature.

We can apostille copies of certain documents (listed below) as long as they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary as being true copies. If you want to apostille a certified copy of a document, and we are able to do this (see below), you should confirm with the requesting authority (who is asking you to get the document apostilled) to ensure that a certified copy is acceptable to them.

What can we legalise by apostille?


UK Educational Certificates etc.

We can certify educational papers, letters or certificates. They must be signed by a practising UK solicitor or notary before they can be apostilled. The solicitor or notary will confirm that the document is original if that is the case, or a true copy if you would prefer.

Educational papers which are not degrees, diplomas, certificates, qualifications or other awards may be have an apostille if they have been issued by an educational establishment in the UK. This includes school reports and letters concerning enrolling, attendance, fees and grades.

Degrees, diplomas, certificates, qualifications or other awards can be apostilled if they were issued by an educational establishment if it is registered at one of the following websites:

  • 'Register of Providers' or the 'Recognised Degrees' sections of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) website
  • the Scottish Qualifications Authority website
  • the National Database of Accredited Qualifications website
  • the British Accreditation Council Website
  • the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council
  • the Association of British Language Schools

Additionally, qualifications which are or were issued by OCR, Edexcel, Higher National Diploma, City and Guilds, National Open College Network, GNVQ or the American Study Abroad Programme in the UK can also be legalised.

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UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates

We can only apostille original or certified copies of certificates issued by the General Registry Office (GRO) or local Registry Offices in the UK for £55. The apostille certificate will be attached directly to the certificate.

We can also apostille original death certificates issued by a UK coroner. Translations of these can also be apostilled if they have been signed by a practising UK solicitor or notary. Please note that we are NOT able to apostille photocopies of these, even if they have been signed by a practising UK solicitor or notary or attached to a notarial cover sheet.

We can obtain a copy of any UK/Scotland Birth, Death or Marriage Certificate for £30.

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UK Certificates of No Impediment (CNIs) or 'No Trace' letters issued by the GRO

Original CNIs and GRO issued letters confirming that there is no trace of an individual being actively married, can be apostilled for £55. Please note that we are not able to apostille photocopies of these documents, even if they have been signed by a practising UK solicitor or notary public or attached to a notarial cover sheet.

Contact the GRO or your local Registry Office for more information on obtaining certified copies of these types of certificates.

We cannot apostille photocopies of these under any circumstances and they must be applied for by the interested parties. We are unable to request these documents on your behalf.

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Passports

We cannot apostille original passports of any nationality.

Black & white photocopies (it is illegal to make colour copies of Passports) of the photo page of British and foreign passports may be apostilled if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original. We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

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Change of name deed poll

All change of name deed poll documents (originals as well as copies) must be certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being original, or true copies, before they can be apostilled. We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

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Court (County, Magistrates, Family, Bankruptcy court) papers

Original papers issued by UK courts can be apostilled for £55. Copies of these can also be apostilled if they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original. We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

We can obtain copies of Decree Absolutes from relevant Court for £30. Contact us for more details.

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Powers of attorney, wills, affidavits, declarations and notarial acts

Originals of these can be apostilled if they have been signed in the UK by the individual(s) concerned and the signature(s) witnessed by a practising UK solicitor or notary public.

The solicitor or notary public should certify this clearly on the document.

We can obtain regsitered Powers of Attorney and some Probate documents.

We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

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Certificates of Incorporation and other paperwork issued by Companies House

We can supply Companies House bundles for £95, This will include:

1.      Certificate of Incorporation

2.      Directors

3.      Statement of Capital

4.      Shareholdings

5.      Statement of Compliance

6.      Memorandum and Articles of Association

7.      Current Appointments

from the Companies House download service.

We can obtain a Certificate of Good Standing for £30 (5-7 working days), £75 (next working day).


You can create a UK Limited, Registered Company using our partners.

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Export certificates

We can apostille export certificates only if they have been signed by an official of the relevant UK Government Department. Photocopies of export certificates may be apostilled if a practising UK solicitor or notary public has certified them to confirm that they are true copies of the originals. We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

We can obtain further legalisation from the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and the London Chamber of Commerce.

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Documents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Original documents from HMRC can be apostilled if they are signed by an HMRC official, a practising UK solicitor or a notary public.

Photocopies of these can also be apostilled if they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original.

We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by an HMRC Official or solicitor before it arrives with us).

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National identification Certificates, Association of Chief Police Officer certificates and Disclosures

Only originals issued by the National Identification Service (NIS) and signed by an NIS official can be apostilled for £55. We cannot apostille photocopies of these under any circumstances.

Original disclosures must be signed by a member of the Criminal Records Bureau or a practising UK solicitor or notary public before they can be apostilled. We cannot apostille photocopies of these under any circumstances.

Only originals from the Association Of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) can be apostilled and should be signed by an ACPO official for £55. Photocopies of these cannot be apostilled under any circumstances.

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Foreign language translations

We can apostille translations of UK documents issued or executed in the UK. These need to be certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public confirming that they are true translations. Please note that we are not able to apostille documents on the signatures of the translators unless they are also a practising UK solicitor or notary public, or a consular official.

We can do this for you for £75 including apostille and solicitor certification (£55 if certified by a solicitor before it arrives with us).

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Foreign documents

If you have a foreign document which requires legalisation you should contact the relevant Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the UK for advice.

If you have been advised that your document needs to be appended to a notarial coversheet containing a certification from a practising UK solicitor or notary public, we can only apostille the notarial certificate.

Alternatively photocopies of foreign documents can be apostilled if they have been certified by a practising UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original.


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