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How To Get An Apostille On Documents Issued In The U.K. ?

If you need to use a document issued in the United Kingdom abroad, you may be required to obtain an Apostille. An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the document and makes it legally recognized in a foreign country. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of obtaining an Apostille on documents issued in the U.K.

Step 1: Determine which documents require an Apostille

Not all documents require an Apostille. Generally, only documents that have legal significance, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and academic transcripts, require an Apostille. To determine whether your document requires an Apostille, you should contact the relevant authority in the country where you intend to use the document.

Step 2: Obtain a certified copy of the document

Before you can obtain an Apostille, you must first obtain a certified copy of the document. This means that you will need to obtain a copy of the document that has been certified by a solicitor, notary public, or other authorized person. The certified copy should include a statement that it is a true and accurate copy of the original document.

Step 3: Submit the certified copy for Apostille

Once you have obtained a certified copy of the document, you will need to submit it for Apostille. In the U.K., the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is responsible for issuing Apostilles. You can submit your document to the FCDO by mail or in person.

If you choose to submit your document by mail, you should send it to the following address:

Legalisation Office

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

PO Box 6255

Milton Keynes

MK10 1XX

United Kingdom

If you choose to submit your document in person, you can do so at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes. The office is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will need to bring a valid form of identification, such as a passport or driving license.

Step 4: Pay the fee

There is a fee for obtaining an Apostille in the U.K. The fee varies depending on the type of document and the method of submission. You can find the current fee schedule on the FCDO website.

Step 5: Wait for the Apostille to be issued

After you have submitted your document and paid the fee, you will need to wait for the Apostille to be issued. The processing time can vary depending on the volume of applications, but it typically takes between 2 and 10 working days.

Step 6: Collect the Apostille or have it mailed to you

Once the Apostille has been issued, you will need to collect it in person or have it mailed to you. If you choose to collect it in person, you can do so at the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes. If you choose to have it mailed to you, you should provide a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Conclusion

Obtaining an Apostille on documents issued in the U.K. is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your document is legally recognized in a foreign country. If you have any questions or concerns about the apostille process, please feel free to contact us. If you’d like to outsource all the process and save time, we at Translation Online can carry out all the process on your behalf.

Get a quote today at info@translationonline.co.uk for either legalising your UK-issued documents or to obtain a legalised translation (translation with apostille) from us.