At a glance:
  1. We need the original ACCA certificates
  2. Post or hand-deliver certificates
  3. An FCDO-registered solicitor or notary must certify the ACCA certificates before getting an apostille. 

Service options:

  • 10-12 day service (currently unavailable)
  • 3-4-day service from £120
  • 1 day (next business day) from £130
  • 1-day e-Apostille from £97 

The price includes admin fees, solicitor certification, apostille certificate, FCDO fees, and VAT.

We need to receive the original ACCA certificate in our office. You can deliver it in person or post it to our London office.

Some ACCA documents are only issued electronically (PDF), those can be emailed to our solicitor, with proof that it is a genuine documents.

For ACCA certificates – with the red seal – only the original can be legalised. No additional proof is required for the original documents.

We can return the legalised ACCA diploma via DHL or Royal Mail (next-day service), or you can collect it in person.

ACCA membership documents do not qualify for an e-Apostille.

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The full order process

Step one:

We should receive the original ACCA even if you want to apostille a copy. Check if you need to apostille the exam transcript too.

Step two:

Contact our office.

When emailing, please provide the following information:

  • In which country will your certificate be used?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • Do you also require embassy legalisation?
  • How will the ACCA be delivered and returned?

When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a detailed quotation.

If you accept the quotation, we will send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting an apostille starts.

Step three:

As soon as your ACCA diploma or certificate has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email.

If you are not collecting your apostilled document from our London office – we will provide you with the tracking number given by the courier.

Note that we return documents by DHL and Royal Mail only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.

How much does it cost?

The price includes admin, solicitor, FCDO, and VAT. Business documents incur an additional processing fee.

There could be additional costs, depending on your chosen service and how many documents you wish to apostille. Additional cost examples are:

  • Translations start from £30
  • Notarisation by notary public (+ £96)
  • Return delivery costs (+ £12)
  • Embassy legalisation (from + £75)

How long does it take to get an apostille?

There are 4 options for getting an apostille.

Option one: 10-12 days:

Your documents are “posted” to the FCDO in Milton Keynes and then posted back to our office – or your address. This process usually takes about 10 business days. (currently unavailable)

Option two: 3 to 4 days:

  • If documents arrive by 10:30 am, it will take 3 days
  • If documents arrive after 10:30 am, then it will take 4 days
  • Documents are submitted and collected in person

Option three: 1 day (next business day)

  • Documents must arrive before 10:00 am for the next-day service.
  • Documents can be collected around 3:30 pm the next day.
  • Documents are submitted and collected in person

Option four: e-Apostille 1 to 2 days 

Electronic apostilles are usually completed within 24 hours but can take two working days, depending on the FCDO’s workload.

Can a replacement ACCA certificate be apostilled?

Yes, the official replacement ACCA certificates are issued as digital downloads, which means they are official copies that can be used to get an apostille. Replacement ACCA certificate goes through the same legalisation process as the original documents.

What is an ACCA transcript?

An ACCA transcript confirms the results from the examinations of students, affiliates, and members. Some authorities require that you submit your ACCA transcript for attestation, like overseas British Councils.

Does ACCA expire?

ACCA membership must be renewed every 10 years. Exams can expire after 7 years if courses are not completed. If you need an apostille, you must have a valid ACCA membership.

If your ACCA certificate already has an apostille, make sure that your certificate is still valid. The apostille does not have an expiry date, but if your document does expire, then the apostille also becomes invalid.

All types of ACCA qualifications can be apostilled

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business
  • Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business
  • ACCA Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting
  • Strategic Professional Certificate
  • ACCA Certificate in Taxation
  • ACCA Certificate in Audit
  • And more

Embassy attestation of ACCA certificates

Attesting ACCA qualifications with embassies in London is straightforward and requires only a few steps depending on the requesting countries authority.

  • Certify or notarise the original ACCA certificate
  • The certified ACCA gets the apostille certificate
  • Attest the apostilled ACCA with required embassy
  • Some countries also require MoFA authentication

A reminder each country has different requirements for authenticating documents. Please enquire and let us know why countries embassy your ACCA document needs to be attested with. We will support you in getting your ACCA attested.

Do I have to come to your office?

You must only attend in person if a notary public must notarise your ACCA documents. Please let us know if you need notarisation.

Otherwise, it is not necessary to come to our office in person. Your documents can be sent by courier or by post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your documents by post. We return your documents in the same way.

If it is more convenient for you to come in person, we would be happy to see you. Please let us know when you are coming.

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[1] Attestation of ACCA certificates

[2] Types of ACCA qualifications