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What is an Apostille?

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If you send a document overseas you might be asked to get an apostille on the document.

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a certificate attached by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, confirming that a document has been signed by a notary public or other public official. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office sign and place their seal on the Apostille and attach this to the Notarial document or other public document which confirms its authenticity.

This is generally required by countries who are signatories to the Hague Convention where the document is required to be sent. Legalisation requirements are determined only by the country where the document is going, not by the UK government.

Documents going to countries which are, or have been, part of the British Commonwealth seldom need an Apostille nor, at present, do documents going to many parts of the United States.

 

Documents that commonly need to be apostilled are:

  • Educational certificates
  • Companies house documents
  • Birth and Death certificates
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Marriage certificates

We can help apostille your documents, please contact us to find out more.  We pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering a leading legal service in all areas of notarial practice.

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