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 can’t get documents issued outside the UK legalised using this service - get them legalised in the country they were issued.
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 don’t enter any information for more than 30 minutes, your application will time out and you’ll have to start again.
What you need to know
PDFs and other electronic documents
You can get a printed copy of a PDF or other electronic document legalised if it either:
- has the original ink signature or seal of the person or organisation that issued it
- has been certified by a UK notary public or solicitor
What it costs
The standard service costs £30 per document, plus courier fees or postage.
|UK (including British Forces Post Office)||£5.50 per 1.5kg|
|European countries (not including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine)||£14.50 per 1.5kg|
|Rest of the world||£25 per 1.5kg|
If you don’t 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.
How long it takes
It normally takes 3 working days to process your documents using the standard service, plus courier or postage time.
Applications during peak periods around Easter and summer can take up to 10 working days.
Premium same-day business service
The premium same-day business service is for registered businesses only and costs £75 per document.
Documents must be taken to and collected from the premium office in central London.
Contact the Legalisation Office
Contact the Legalisation Office if you need help with your application.