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Document Legalisation

What is Document Legalisation?

Legalisation verifies documents for use in another country under full legal effect. For the best ways to legalise your documents read the information below or contact us to use our officially verified service.

What to look for in a document legalisation service:

  • Verification – Make sure all relevant stamps are official
  • Completeness – Make sure the service follows all the required steps as some countries require many different services
  • Up to date  The process for legalising documents changes all the time, therefore use an agent that is up to date
  • Experience – Make sure the company you use to legalise your documents has experience as this will make sure you get a real and official service

Harley Medic has been legalising documents for 40 years, so you can trust us to save you money and time when getting your documents legalised.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 207 727 7672



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How do i get my documents legalised?


Step 1 

The first step is to get your documents notarised.  This can be done by a notary or a solicitor. Contact us to get your documents notarised.

*Please be aware that documents issued by the UK General Register Office do not require notarization and therefore you can skip step 1. For a full list of these document scroll down below and click on “official documents”.

Step 2

For standard service, you can get your documents legalised by the UK government by having the UK government verifying the public official’s signature on the document is genuine.

Step 3

For documents that are not a part of the apostille convention, then authentication by the relevant countries embassy is required. We can complete all of these steps for you in a short amount of time. Start your legalisation by clicking the button below or call us today.

To Obtain the following please click “start legalisation below” 


Document Legalisation Request Form 2020

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Types of Documents We Can Legalise (Get Apostille Stamped)

Personal documents pertain to an individual’s personal life, ranging from academic, financial to skill orientated certificates.

These documents need to be certified by a solicitor prior to being legalised.

Examples include:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Degrees
  • GCSE’s
  • A-Levels
  • Diplomas
  • Degrees
  • Religious Documents
  • City & Guilds
  • TEFL
  • Identity documents such as driving license or an ID card
  • Statements from a bank personal finances
  • Passports

Start Your personal document legalisation here 

Company documents are documents that specifically relate to a company or organisation.

We will have to organise a solicitor to verify your company documents for you in most instances.

Examples of company documents include:

  • Partnership agreements
  • Company Agreements
  • NDA forms
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Certificate of Ownership
  • Shares certificate
  • Bank Letter
  • Address Form
  • Directors Forms
  • Financial reports
  • Annual Return
  • IN01 Forms
  • AD01 Document
  • CH01 Form
  • AP01, TM01, AR0 Forms

Start Your company document legalisation here 

These are often considered standard documents and are generally issued by government bodies. It is not always necessary for this to be given an apostille stamp.

Examples of Official Documents include:

  • Wills
  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Affidavits
  • HMRC letters
  • Residents documents

Start Your official document legalisation here 

If a set of documents are relating to one individual or organisation it is possible for them to be bound. This is significantly beneficial as it can save time and money for legalisation.

Start Your bound document legalisation here 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Legalising a document?

Legalising a document in international law is the process of verifying a document or certificate for use in a country different to its origin, giving it full legal effect abroad.

How do I Legalise documents UK?

We have written a full section above, that outlines the exact process for you to get your documents legalised. We are able to completer this process for you as it can be an extremely long and confusing process.

How long does it take to Legalise a document UK?

This depends on the country you need legalisation for as there are different process for different countries. 

Who can apostille a document in the UK?

In accordance with the Hague Apostille convention, there are relevant authorities in each country. The UK has the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office which can issue apostille stamps, this is commonly referred to as the FCO office.

How to check apostille documents?

Apostille documents in the UK bear a stamp from the FCO. There is often further information attached on the apostille stamp that includes information such as the location of verification and the signatory.

Price of apostille?

The price of an apostille can be confusing for people who have not completed the service previously. Call our office on 0207 727 7672 to find out the exact price for your documents.

Can a solicitor apostille a document?

No only the FCO can issue an apostille stamp. A solicitor is often required to get your documents notarized beforehand, which is a different process but necessary for legalisation purposes.



How does legalisation work?

Legalisation has two main steps. The first is getting your documents notarised and the second is getting the UK FCO to issue an apostille stamp. For countries not a part of the apostille convention then their relevant embassies may have to issue a further legalisation/authentication service.

What steps need to be taken when legalising documents?

We have listed a comprehensive list of steps that need to be taken above. Please scroll up to the “How do I get my documents legalised sections” for more information.

How to get an apostille?

You can get an apostille by calling or emailing our office.

Telephone: +44 207 727 7672


Alternatively, you can post your documents to the relevant UK government office and sign up for your application to begin processing.

Who can legalise a document in the UK?

The UK’s foreign office can legalise documents in the UK. Additionally, some embassies such as the UAE and Qatar also issue further forms of legalisation.

What is notarisation?

Notarisation is verification of authenticity issued by a notary public or a solicitor. This is often a process required before a document can be legalised.

What is an apostille stamp? 

An apostille stamp is a form of verification that allows a document to be used abroad with full legal effect. There are a total os 117 in the apostille convention, convened by The Hague.






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