Apostille Service (Legalisation)


UK GRO Certificates provides a fast and simple service to obtain an Apostille stamp on your documents.

An apostille certificate (Legalisation) is a document which is generally used outside of the UK and which certifies that your documents are authentic. This certificate is usually needed by people who are travelling to work or study outside the country or your company is undertaking a contract or set up an establishment overseas. Most if not all organisations will require that an apostille certificate be presented in order for the documents to be accepted. However, the process of getting this certificate can be tedious and time consuming at best, so this is where we at UK GRO Certificates can help you!

We understand that getting a document legalised or acquiring an apostille certificate is something most regular people are not familiar with. Most people have never heard of this before and so this makes the process even more difficult. However, our job is to make the process simple and quick, we do this by taking care of everything involved in getting your documents legalised along with an apostille certificate. So, you no longer have to worry about manoeuvring through various diplomatic and bureaucratic channels to get it done.


England and Wales Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable England & Wales Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Scotland Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable Scottish Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Northern Ireland Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable Northern Ireland Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Isle of Man Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable Isle of Man Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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States of Guernsey Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable States of Guernsey Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Island of Jersey Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable Island of Jersey Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Republic of Ireland Apostille (Legalisation)

We provide a complete fast and secure Apostille (Legalisation) service to enable Irish Documents to be correctly accepted overseas.

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Simple Ordering Process
  • Complete your order by selecting service type on order form
  • Send your certificate with your unique reference number and checklist form (provided at time of checkout).
  • We will complete your order and issue the apostille and return your documents to you by post.
  • There are no hidden charges just a quick apostille service.

Why do I need to legalise?

If you need to use a UK or Irish public document in an overseas country, then you may find that the local authorities require it to be legalised document before they will accept it. Each foreign country will have its own legalisation requirements.

What information is contained on the Apostille?

The certificate contains the following information:

  1. Country of origin
  2. Name of signatory on the document
  3. The capacity in which that signatory has acted
  4. If the document has been sealed/stamped instead of signed then the details of the authority
  5. Place of certification
  6. Date of certification
  7. Issuing authorities details
  8. Certificate number
  9. Stamp of issuing authority
  10. Authorised signature of authority

List documents can be legalised

Your document can only be legalised if it has been either signed and certified by an official from the issuing authority or It must also be certified, signed and dated by either a solicitor or notary public in the UK. There are exceptions for documents which have Original stated next to them in the list below DO NOT require any further solicitor or notary public certification.

  • ACRO Police Certificate (Original)
  • Affidavit (Original)
  • Articles of association
  • Bank statement
  • Baptism certificate (Original)
  • Birth certificate (Original)
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Certificate of free-sale
  • Certificate of memorandum
  • Certificate of naturalisation
  • Certificate of no impediment
  • Chamber of Commerce document
  • Change of name deed
  • Civil partnership certificate
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) document (Original)
  • Criminal records check
  • Companies House document (Original)
  • County court document
  • Court document
  • Court of Bankruptcy document
  • Death certificate (Original)
  • Decree nisi (Original)
  • Decree absolute (Original)
  • Degree certificate (UK)
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) document
  • Department of Health document
  • Diploma
  • Disclosure Scotland document (Original)
  • Doctor's letter (medical)
  • Educational certificate (UK)
  • Export certificate
  • Family Division of the High Court of Justice document
  • Fingerprints document
  • Fit note (from a doctor)
  • Government issued document
  • Grant of probate
  • High Court of Justice document
  • HM Revenue and Customs document (Original)
  • Home Office document (Original)
  • Last will and testament
  • Letter from an employer
  • Letter of enrolment
  • Letter of invitation
  • Letter of no trace
  • Medical report
  • Marriage certificate (Original)
  • Name change deed or document
  • Passport (copy only)
  • Pet export document from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Police disclosure document (Original)
  • Power of attorney (Original)
  • Probate
  • Reference from an employer
  • Religious document
  • Sheriff court document (Original)
  • Sick note (from a doctor)
  • Statutory declaration
  • Test results (medical)
  • Translation
  • Utility bill

Documents signed by a solicitor or notary public

Some documents may require the certification of a UK notary public or solicitor before they can be submitted to us for legalisation. Please refer to the ‘TIP’ that relates to the type of document you wish to legalise (listed below). If the document requires the certification or signature of a notary public or solicitor, the UK practising notary public/solicitor MUST do this whilst in the UK.

If a UK notary public or solicitor practising within the UK is signing a document, they should state clearly what exactly it is they are certifying in relation to the document. 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 have highlighted (under ‘TIPS’) when a document needs to be signed by a UK notary public or solicitor before it is sent to us in the links below.

Customers should be aware that some countries only recognise documents notarised by a qualified notary public. Some countries, such as the USA, Canada and Australia contain individual States, and each has its own system of law.

Photo copy Documents

We can legalise photocopies of certain types of documents as long as they have been certified in the UK by a practising UK notary public or solicitor as being true photocopies. Please note that this does not include Birth, Death, Marriage, Adoption and Civil certificate. If you want to legalise a certified photocopy of a particular document, and we are able to do this, you should also confirm with the authority in the destination country requiring the legalisation that a certified photocopy is acceptable to them.

Laminated documents

We are unable to legalise any document that has been laminated.

Countries which accept the Apostille Certificate

The following countries are all members of the Hague conference and have entered into force Convention 12 of 5 October 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

These countries will therefore accept the Apostille Certificate in place of any further legalisation.

Countries not listed will often still require an Apostille but will then also require further legalisation via their embassy. Please contact us for guidance on this.

Countries A to G

A
Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Australia
Azerbaijan

B
Bahamas
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria

C
China (Hong Kong)
China (Macao)
Colombia
Cook Islands
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic

D
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia

F
Fiji
Finland
France
FYR of Macedonia

G
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada

Countries H to P

H
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary

I
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy

J
Japan

K
Kazakhstan
Korea, Republic of
L
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

M
Malawi
Macao (China)
Macedonia (FYR of) Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro

N
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Niue
Norway

P
Panama
Poland
Portugal
Pakistan

Countries R to Z

R
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation

S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland

T
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey

U
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States of America (USA)

V
Vanuatu
Venezuela

Embassies we provide services for include:

There are numerous instances where you may require that your educational, company, and/or various other important documents are legalised by a foreign embassy or consulate in the UK. The main reason being that the country that you will be using your documents for is NOT a member of the Hague Convention 12 Agreement. This means that an FCO apostille alone will NOT be sufficient enough, and an embassy attestation or legalisation will be required. The problem with the process is that its time consuming to say the least. Many embassies will ignore emails, not answer calls or their website will not be clear on how the process works. This leaves many people frustrated and confused, especially those that need it done in a hurry. But this is where we at UK GRO Certificates can help make the process as simple as just one call or email, all you need is to get in touch with us.

  • U.A.E
  • QATAR
  • SAUDI ARABIA
  • OMAN
  • KUWAIT
  • VIETNAM
  • BAHRAIN
  • PHILIPPINES
  • EGYPT
  • CHINA
  • BRAZIL
  • CANADA
  • USA

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