Legalisation

Legalisation

Legalisation is the official confirmation that the signature, seal and stamp of the notary is that of a genuine, practising UK notary public.
Stage one involves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): they verify the notary’s signature and attach an ‘Apostille’ to your document or to the Notarial Cover Sheet prepared by the notary.
Stage two: some countries require a further verification process from their embassies or consulates.

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What documents may be legalised

If you want to legalise a certified photocopy of a document you should check with the end users of the document that this is acceptable to them; some documents must be originals. As a guide, here is a list of some of the documents that may be legalised. 
Document in connection with getting married abroad.
UK birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.
UK Educational Documents.
British passports.
Change of Name Deed Poll
Religious documents.

UK County Court documents
Powers of attorney
Wills
Affidavits, declarations and notarial acts
Certificates of incorporation and other documents issued by Companies House.
Export certificates. 
Documents from HM Revenue and Customs 
National Identification Certificates, Association of Chief Police Officer certificates and Disclosure documents
Medical documents, medical reports and letters issued by UK hospitals and NHS Trusts may be legalised
Foreign language translations of UK documents.  

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