Legalisation is carried out in a country's respective UK Embassy in London.
We can legalise various documents including: EC Certificates of Origin, Invoices, Packing Lists, Agreements, Declarations, Statements, Letters, Health, Veterinary, Vessel and Inspection Certificates and it is mandatory to have the original documents attested by us or notarised by a Notary Public.
Legalisation requirements and costs vary between countries so always contact us for a list of requirements and a quote.
Legalisation from an Embassy is not required for countries that are part of the Hague Convention. For these countries just a Foreign Office Apostille is required.
During your exporting process you might be asked to have various documents Foreign Office or Hague, Apostilled or Legalised.
We deal directly with the Foreign Office and can provide this service for you and it is mandatory to have the original documents attested by us or notarised by a Notary Public before it can be apostilled.
What is an apostille? The Apostille Certificate confirms the signature, seal or stamp on a UK document to be genuine so that it will be accepted when presented in another country outside of the UK. The actual certificate is a piece of paper permanently glued to another document and then an embossing mechanism, often called the apostille seal or apostille stamp, is used to emboss the document with a government crest.
What is a Notary?
A Notary is a qualified lawyer and the rules which affect them are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors.
Notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad.
Visit The Notaries Society website to find a local Notary.