We are not the Goverment Legalisation Office. As at July 2021 the F.C.D.O. Legalisation Office is running c. 10 + working days late in processing postal applications. As independant legalisation agents, we can still have this done for you in 2 working days, AND because the Legalisation Office reject many documents which do not comply with their “policies”, we will check yours in order to ensure that they comply
Since 2008 when the office opened, we have been registered agents at the Milton Keynes. Legalisation Office which we visit every working day, and have dealt with over 23,000 orders; we are more than couriers and offer you a personal service .
Notaries, please click on Services for Notaries. Here you will find our terms and conditions and charges.
Members of the Public, the cost starts at £66.00 for an apostille for one document inclusive both of Recorded Delivery return postage and the £30.00. Legalisation Office fee, so please go to our Order page and print out and complete an order form which details the cost for up to 10 documents. Pay us online on the automated Now Calculate the Cost page and then send your order form to us with your documents.
Please note however, that your document may first of all need to be certified by a Notary Public; a lawyer qualified, licensed and insured to deal with foreign documents. If you need the services of a Notary , then please click on the link “Find a Notary” on the top menu. Documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates should not need notarisation, as the Registrar is a “Public Official” recognised by the Legalisation Office. Other documents, such as educational certificates and Powers of Attorney will definitely need notarising as they will not have been signed by a recognised “Public Official”.
Why do you need the “legalisation” of documents for use abroad? The Hague Apostille Convention 1961 requires “legalisation” by the affixing of an “apostille” by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and, in the case of countries which are not signatories to the Convention, for the document to be further legalised at their Embassy or Consulate. The F.C.O. say:-
You can get certain official UK documents ‘legalised’ or “apostilled” 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.
Beware! The F.C.O. Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes has it’s own set of additional bureaucratic “rules” and requirements. We will help you navigate this maze, and if there is a problem we will usually be able to resolve it on your behalf. If your document can be legalised, we will get it legalised!
We also work with reputable consular agents in London who will attend at the Embassies for you, if the cpuntry concerned is not a signatory to the Hague Convention and further leglisation there is required.
Be aware though that many Embssies are at the moment closed indefinitely because of Corona Virus. Some will accept postal applictions.