You can get certain official UK documents ‘legalised’ by asking the Legalisation Office to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a UK public official.
You might need to do this if an official in another country has asked you to provide a UK document and they’ve said it must be legalised.
The Legalisation Office will check the document, including whether the signature, stamp or seal is genuine. They’ll legalise the document by attaching a stamped official certificate (an ‘apostille’) to it.
You cannot get documents issued outside the UK legalised using this service - get them legalised in the country they were issued.
The Legalisation Office cannot return documents to Belarus, Russia or Ukraine at the moment.
What it costs
The standard service costs £30 per document, plus courier fees or postage.
|UK (including British Forces Post Office)
||£5 per 1.5kg
|European countries (not including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey)
||£17.50 per 1.5kg
|Rest of the world
||£22.50 per 1.5kg
If you do not want to pay courier fees
Your documents will be returned by courier but if you’re in the UK you can have them returned by post. You must include an A4-sized envelope with the return address written on it. Attach enough UK postage stamps to cover the return postage.
What you’ll need
To use the service you’ll need:
- the documents you want to legalise
- a credit or debit card for payment
- the address you want your documents returned to
- access to a printer
If you do not enter any information for more than 30 minutes, your application will time out and you’ll have to start again.
How long it takes
It can take up to 20 working days to process your documents using the standard service, plus courier or postage time.
If your application is difficult to process – for example, it includes a signature that needs to be verified – it can take longer. The Legalisation Office will email you if this happens.
Premium same-day business service
The premium same-day business service is for registered businesses only and costs £75 per document.
You must take your documents to the premium office in central London between 9am and 12:30pm. You will be given a collection time between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
You need an account to use the premium service. Sign in if you’re an existing user or create an account.
Contact the Legalisation Office if you have:
- a question about how the legalisation process works
- an issue with an application you’ve made