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Apostille

sample apostille document

An Apostille is an official government issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognised when presented in another country. In the UK, an Apostille can be obtained from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The FCDO will only issue an Apostille if the document has been notarised by a practising English or Welsh Notary Public.

For countries which are party to the Hague Convention, the notary’s certificate and seal will require legalisation by the UK government via the FCDO. The certificate that is affixed by the FCDO is known as an apostille. There are currently 83 Members: 82 States and 1 Regional Economic Integration Organisation (the European Union) that are members. A current list can be found at the end of this document.

How much does it cost?

Standard Service

This service usually takes between 2 to 5 working days from the date the document is received by the FCDO (Subject to FCDO and Post).

KB Notary Public Limited fee for organising Apostille £50.00
FCDO Standard Legalisation Fee £35.00
FCDO Postage Fee back to KB Notary Public Limited £7.50
Tracked postage of document(s) to FCDO (Special Delivery Next Day Delivery) £7.50
TOTAL £100.00

Premium Service

This service usually takes between 1 to 2 working days from the date the document is received by the FCDO (Subject to FCDO and Post).

KB Notary Public Limited fee for organising Apostille £100.00
FCDO Premium Legalisation Fee £90.00
FCDO Postage back to KB Notary Public Limited £7.50
Tracked postage of document(s) to FCDO (Special Delivery Next Day Delivery) £7.50
TOTAL £205.00

NB

  • Further fees payable if Consular Legalisation is required in addition to the Apostille
  • Please note the apostille may take longer than anticipated and the above timescales are for guideline only purposes
  • If you require documents sent internationally via DHL please advise and will be happy to quote.

Not all countries accept apostilles

If the country you need to send documents to is not listed above, consular legalisation at the relevant embassy, consulate, or high commission may also be required. This depends on the requirements of the country the document will be sent to. Some countries require the document to be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office first and then their country’s embassy, consulate or high commission.