Aplomb is registered to offer a one-day legalisation service using the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Premium Service

Aplomb can arrange for a legalised translation. This is sometimes referred to as a translation with apostille. 

What is Legalisation?

  • Legalisation allows a document from one country to be recognised in another country.  The process is used to confirm that a signature or seal of a public official from one country is valid.  It does not confirm the content of a document.  A UK document is ‘legalised’ once the UK government confirms that a UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.
  • For Member States that have signed the Hague Convention (1961), legalisation can take place at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • For countries that are not part of the Hague Convention, legalisation will need to be carried out by representatives of both the country where the document originates from and the country where the document is to be presented.


When would I need to have a UK document legalised?

Legalisation of a document is typically required where there is a need to present an official document or certificate to a country other than the one that issued the document.

  • For example, this is used when applying for a visa, drivers licence, passport, medical registration, or company registration, outside of the UK, or if you wish to have your marriage or qualifications recognised abroad.
  • You need to do this if a local authority abroad has asked you to provide a legalised document or document with apostille.
  • You may be asked to have the translation legalised as well as the original documents.


What are the steps involved in the attestation and legalisation of documents?

Although it may vary according to country, or the type of documents you are processing, the attestation and legalisation process usually includes:

  1. Certification of the document by a Solicitor/Notary Public.
  2. A document may need to be signed and certified or notarised by a solicitor or a public official (usually a Notary Public) before it can be legalised. Visit the FCO website to find out.
  3. The document is legalised with the FCO. There are different services available, with different prices and speeds. Please check the FCO website. Once the document is legalised, an apostille will be affixed to the back of the document.
  4. In addition, the Embassy, Consulate, or other Representative of the Country in which the document is to be used, may wish to have the legalised document legalised again at the Country’s Embassy or Consulate in the UK. This is sometimes called Consular Legalisation. Please check with the Embassy or Consulate of the Country in question if legalisation is required for your document.


Is the Legalisation process the same for all kinds of documents?

The legalisation of documents will vary depending on the country you need them processed for.

  • The type of documents you need to have legalised require different processes for legalisation. Visit the FCO website to find out.

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