Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document (such as a UK birth, marriage, death certificate) or a document signed by a public official (such as a Solicitor or a Notary Public) is genuine. It does not authenticate the content of the document. The Legalisation Department of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the only competent authority in the UK to issue legalisation certificates (Apostilles).

You can get your original document legalised yourself at the FCO or the translator can do it on behalf of you. Please check with the recipient of your document whether legalisation of your notarized translation is required. When a notarized translation is legalised, the original document must be presented for legalisation.

Which documents can be legalised? Any UK issued documents for use outside the United Kingdom, such as certificates of birth, marriage and death, notarised Powers of Attorney, Companies House documents, any translations notarized by a Solicitor or Notary Public, court and medical documents, etc. You can check if your document can be legalised on the GOV.UK website.

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