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.
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, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine)
£15 per 1.5kg
Rest of the world
£20 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.