UK Apostille Service

Certify documents issued in the United Kingdom for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in the United Kingdom for international use
Apostilles in the United Kingdom can be obtained to authenticate official documents such as birth and marriage certificates, DBS and ACRO police certificates, university diplomas and transcripts, school and exam certificates, certificates of incorporation and divorce decrees.

Isarey provides expedited UK Apostille services with secure collection and delivery of documents worldwide by courier. For urgent requests, UK Apostilles are processed and dispatched in 1-2 working days, while non-urgent processing is around one week.
(Allow extra time for embassy legalization and for obtaining original documents where required).

UK Apostille stamps are issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FDCO). We also attest UK documents at the embassies of Qatar, China, UAE and other major embassies in London.

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UK Documents that can be authenticated with Apostille Stamps

  • UK Apostilles

    UK birth, death, marriage certificates. Divorce decrees

    We can obtain certified copies of birth certificates, death and marriage certificates directly from the General Register Office (England and Wales), nidirect (N. Ireland) and ScotlandsPeople (Scotland) for authentication by Apostille and attestation by foreign embassies. Divorce decrees can be apostilled when sealed by the issuing court or following notarization.
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  • Apostille UK Criminal Record Certificates, ACRO police certificates and DBS checks.

    UK Criminal Record Certificates

    ACRO police certificates, DBS checks, Basic Disclosure certificates from Police Scotland - The original paper certificate is required to obtain an Apostille or Legalization. Please contact us to have an ACRO certificate delivered to us directly.
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    Academic and Professional Qualifications

    (University degrees and course transcripts, A level, GCSE, BTEC etc.)
    We will arrange prior notarization, as required by the FCO Apostille office - in most cases we can arrange a notarised copy from a good quality scan, so you don't need to send your original documents.
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    Documents certified by a UK Notary or solicitor

    (Powers of Attorney, Affidavit, Certified Copies of ID documents)
    Please contact us to check that documents have been properly notarized or certified. We can also assist with notarizing and certifying documents that cannot be submitted to Apostille directly. Notarization can often be arranged remotely.
    Right arrowUK notary and apostille services
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    Divorce Decrees

    Apostille Divorce Decrees issued by UK courts: Apostilles can be applied to certified copies of decrees which have the signature or seal of the issuing court. Unsigned decrees can be certified by a notary or solicitor and then submitted for an Apostille.
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  • Apostille certified corporate documents issued by Companies House, Incorporation certificates, Certificates of Good Standing

    UK Incorporation Documents

    (Incorporation certificates, Certificates of Good Standing, Board Resolutions, Articles of Association)
    We can obtain certified copies of documents from Companies House for Apostille authentication and for attestation by all major embassies in London (e.g. Qatar, UAE).
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  • Trade documents

    Apostille UK certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents
  • Apostille UK certificates of no impediment to marriage

    Certificates of No Impediment

    Apostille UK certificates of no impediment to marriage issued by a registry office. We can also assist with the notarization and authentication of affidavits of single status made in the UK and abroad requiring UK apostille stamps.
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    UK Probate documents

    (Last Will and Testament, Grant of Probate)
    Apostille probate documents that have been stamped or sealed by the court or certified by a UK solicitor or notary. Please contact us for assistance obtaining probate documents from the court.
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  • Certified Translations

    Translations certified in the UK that are required for use abroad can be authenticated with an Apostille stamp following certification by a UK notary.
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    Change of Name Deeds

    Apostille UK Change of Name Deeds (Deed Poll) certified by a UK notary or solicitor, or produced by a court or council. If your certificate has not been certified, we can often notarize it for you remotely, even if you are outside the UK. Please contact us for assistance.
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  • Medical Certificates signed by a registered doctor.

    Tax documents: HMRC documents and certificates such as P60s.

We will review your documents to ensure that everything is correctly prepared for submission to the FCO Apostille and Legalization Office, avoiding unnecessary delays and expensive rejections. If you need help obtaining original UK documents, such as birth certificates, criminal checks or court document, please contact us. We are here to help and happy to advise.

We also provide Apostille and legalization services for documents issued in JE JerseyJersey - GG GuernseyGuernsey - BM BermudaBermuda - KY Cayman IslandsCayman Islands - VG British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands - AI AnguillaAnguilla - GI GibraltarGibraltar

Isarey provides document attestation services in the United Kingdom to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying UK documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in the United Kingdom

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize UK Documents

UK documents can be legalized for cross-border use by means of Apostille Certification or Consular Legalization

Apostille Certification

An Apostille Stamp is a simplified procedure of international attestation. When affixed to documents, Apostilles are directly recognised by the authorities of over 120 countries (Signatories of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab)) as certifying the document’s validity, without requiring additional certification.

Since the United Kingdom is a signatory to the convention, Isarey can assist by obtaining Apostille Certification for UK documents so that they are valid for official use in other signatory countries, including: NL NetherlandsNetherlands - ES SpainSpain - IT ItalyItaly - PT PortugalPortugal - GR GreeceGreece - CY CyprusCyprus - FR FranceFrance - SA Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia - US United StatesUnited States - DE GermanyGermany - CN ChinaChina

Consular Legalization
Consular Legalization is required when a document from the United Kingdom is to be used in a non-signatory country. In this case, following authentication by authorities in the United Kingdom, the document must be certified a second time in the United Kingdom by the embassy representing the country where the document is to be used.

Countries which do not recognise Apostille certification and require consular legalization include: QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam

Certified Translation

Where UK documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

UK Document Resources

External resources and news about UK documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

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United Kingdom Document Resources
Academic Documents
Get a replacement exam certificate
Get a replacement exam certificate
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Request a replacement exam certificate or a certified statement of results if you've lost your original - check the list of old exam boards if your board no longer exists.
Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates
Guide to death certificates
Guide to death certificates
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
The historical death indexes for England and Wales (those from 1837 to 1957, digitised records) are available to search free of ge via the GRO certificate online ordering service on GOV.UK.
General Register Office
General Register Office
Right arrowwww.gro.gov.uk
The General Register Office holds records of births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and adoptions in England and Wales. Search birth and death indexes and order copies of registration certificates that can be subsequently certified by apostille or legalized for presentation abroad.
Priority Service: certificates despatched on the next working day.
Standard Service: certificates despatched on fourth working day following application (if GRO index supplied) or the fifteenth working day (if a GRO index reference has not been supplied)
Get a copy of a divorce decree
Get a copy of a divorce decree
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Get a copy of a decree absolute or final order (divorce, dissolution or annulment)
Find a will or probate document
Find a will or probate document
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Form PA1S: Use this form to obtain a grant of representation (probate) or a will sealed by the court and suitable for an Apostille stamp (England and Wales)
Getting married abroad
Getting married abroad
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Use this tool to find out how to get the documents you’ll need to get married abroad. In the UK, certificates of no impediment to marriage (CNI) can be obtained from your local Register Office ( Find a local register officeExternal link (opens in new tab)).
Scotland Certificate Search
Right arrowwww.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
Order birth, death, marriage, civil partnership, divorce and dissolution of civil partnership certificates from Scotland.
Ordering life event certificates - Northern Ireland
Ordering life event certificates - Northern Ireland
Right arrowwww.nidirect.gov.uk
Order birth, marriage, adoption, civil partnership and death certificates from Northern Ireland.
Corporate documents
Signed Certificate of Incorporation
Signed Certificate of Incorporation
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Certified copies of Certificates of Incorporation can be obtained from Companies House for subsequent authentication by Apostille for presentation abroad. You can request to include additional certified facts on an incorporation certificate, including details of the directors,registered office address and good standing statement.
Criminal Record Certificates
International Child Protection Certificate
International Child Protection Certificate
Right arrowwww.acro.police.uk
If you are a UK national or have previously lived in the UK and want to work with children overseas, then you might require an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC). The ICPC confirms whether or not the applicant has a criminal history and provides details, including relevant conviction and non-conviction data, including details of any information deemed relevant in the interest of child protection.
ACRO Police Certificates
ACRO Police Certificates
Right arrowwww.acro.police.uk
ACRO Police Certificates are for people who wish to emigrate or require a visa to live and work abroad. The certificate details whether or not you have a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective high commission or embassy.
  • Police Certificates are issued individually to the person named on the application.
  • Anyone who has lived or worked in the UK can apply for a Police Certificate.
  • You will need to provide ONE document which clearly shows your name and your current address. This is where you live now and can be outside the UK.
  • You can apply online or by post.
  • Frequently asked questions: FAQs - ACRO Police CertificatesExternal link (opens in new tab)
Basic DBS check
Basic DBS check
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to get a copy of your criminal record. It’s available for people living or working in England and Wales and may be presented in certain countries as a criminal record certificate. A DBS certificate must be certified by a solicitor or notary before applying for an apostille.
AccessNI Criminal record checks for working abroad
AccessNI Criminal record checks for working abroad
Right arrowwww.nidirect.gov.uk
AccessNI criminal record checks are for people living or working in Northern Ireland. To legalize a criminal record check or obtain an apostille, you must first ask AccessNI to sign and stamp your basic certificate.
Apply for basic disclosure (Scotland)
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A basic disclosure is a criminal record check for people who live in Scotland. It may be accepted by authorities in other countries as a criminal record certificate. You must complete your own basic disclosure application and submit to an identity check.
Government Admin
Nationality services
Nationality services
Right arrowvisas-immigration.service.gov.uk
Apply for a duplicate citizenship certificate; Apply for a letter to confirm your immigration status; Apply for a letter to confirm you have never acquired British nationality.
Notary Services
Find A Solicitor - England and Wales
Right arrowsolicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
Find a Solicitor is a free service for anyone looking for information about organisations or people providing legal services in England and Wales that are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Find a solicitor - Scotland
Find a solicitor - Scotland
Right arrowwww.lawscot.org.uk
Database to find contact details of law firms throughout Scotland. These firms are regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.
The Notaries Society – find a Notary Public practising in England and Wales
The Notaries Society – find a Notary Public practising in England and Wales
Right arrowwww.thenotariessociety.org.uk
Find a notary to prepare and authenticate powers of attorney for use overseas, deal with purchase or sale of land and property abroad, authenticate documents for immigration or emigration purposes, as well as company and business documents and transactions for foreign contracts or the formation of foreign subsidiary companies
Law Society of Scotland – find a Notary Public practising in Scotland
Law Society of Scotland – find a Notary Public practising in Scotland
Right arrowwww.lawscot.org.uk
Find a notary in Scotland
College of Notaries - Northern Ireland
College of Notaries - Northern Ireland
Right arrowcollegeofnotariesni.org.uk
Find a notary in Northern Ireland
Document verification
Verify a UK Apostille
Verify a UK Apostille
Right arrowwww.gov.uk
Use this service if you want to verify an Apostille certificate issued in the UK.
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United Kingdom Document News
Simplified divorce: a quick guide
Right arrowwww.lexology.com
A simplified divorce (sometimes called a diy or quickie divorce) is a straightforward and cheap way in which couples can obtain a divorce or dissolve their civil partnership. There is a ready to complete form available which one or both parties complete depending on their circumstances.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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For further information on confidentiality in our handling of document content please see:
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