Apostille service overview:

  • We can apostille both the original and a certified copy
  • You can email us a copy or drop it off at our office
  • 10-12 day service from £98
  • 3-4-day service from £120
  • 1 day (next business day) from £130
  • 1-day e-Apostille from £167

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

To get an apostille for a bank statement, first, the bank statement must be certified by a UK FCDO-registered solicitor or notary public.

The solicitor or notary will require proof that your bank statement is genuine. This can be achieved by requesting that the bank email our solicitor directly or that the bank certify the bank statements.

How the process works: 

Step one:

Make sure bank statements are valid (issued within 3 months). If you have several statements, confirm if they can be ‘bundled’ under one certification and apostille. 

Step two:

Contact our office.

  • In which country will your documents be used?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • Do you also require embassy legalisation?
  • How will the documents 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:

Once your bank statements have been apostilled, we will email you a scanned copy.

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

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

How much does it cost?

For personal documents, prices are as follows:

  • 10-12 day service from £98
  • 3-4-day service from £120.
  • 1-day (next business day) from £130
  • 1-day e-Apostille from £167

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

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

  • Translations start from £65
  • Notarisation by notary public (+ £96)
  • Return delivery costs (+ £12)
  • Embassy legalisation (from + £75)

What are the requirements for a bank statement to get an apostille?

A bank statement should meet the following requirements to be eligible for an apostille:

  • The bank statement must be dated within the last 90 days
  • The bank statement must show the logo and name of the bank

  • Confirm the account holder’s name, address, and bank account number.

  • Bank statements in the UK should be on the official bank stationery

Why do you need an apostille for a bank statement?

You would need an apostille for a bank statement if an overseas authority requested that your bank statement is legalised.

The overseas authority will typically request a legalised bank statement to prove your source of income and availability of funds.

Apostille Bank Statements and Logos
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Can a UK bank notarise a document?

UK bank officials cannot notarise bank statements unless they use a registered UK notary public. Although banks have notaries on staff who can notarise bank statements, banks in the UK usually do not offer notarisation or certification of bank statements for legalisation [2].

Can a notary refuse to authenticate the bank statement?

Yes, a notary can refuse to authenticate a bank statement under the following conditions [3]:

  • If they suspect the document to be fraudulent
  • If the document is incomplete
  • If the signer appears mentally incapable of understanding the document
  • If the signer appears coerced
  • If the notary has reason to believe the document will be used for illegal purposes
  • If the request is for a notarisation, the notary does not recognise
  • If the signer is not physically present
  • If the signer cannot be identified
  • If the signer does not speak the same language as the notary
  • If the signer is unwilling to swear or affirm the contents of the document for notarisations that require an oath

What is a bank verification letter, and can it be apostilled?

A bank verification letter is the same as a bank certification letter. It is a letter from a bank confirming that an individual has an account at that bank with the total value of the funds in the account. If the verification letter is certified, it too can get an apostille certificate attached.

Can you attest bank documents at London embassies?

London embassies can attest bank statements. When the embassy wishes to verify a statement of account, they will use an anonymous banker who handles embassy communication with the bank.

They will scan the submitted statement of account and attach it to an email that reads, “Kindly confirm the transactions on the attached statement of account for XYZ.”

When would you need an apostille for a bank statement?

There are several instances when you would need to have your bank statement apostilled, which include:

  • When applying for a loan in a foreign country

  • When applying for an insurance policy in a foreign country
  • To ensure your company is solvent
  • When obtaining a visa

Can you legalise a photocopy of a bank statement?

Yes. Photocopies of bank statements can be legalised as long as they are certified as ‘true copy‘ by a solicitor or notary public.

The solicitor or notary public must:

  • State what they are certifying (true copy, original document, witness signature etc.)
  • Use their own personal signature, not the company name
  • Date the certification
  • State their company address

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[1] Anatomy of a bank statement: what’s in it?
https://www.santander.com/en/stories/anatomy-of-a-bank-statement-whats-in-it

[2] Documents and certification
https://www.hsbc.co.uk/help/security-centre/hsbc-safeguard/faqs/documents-and-certification/

[3] Can a notary refuse to authenticate
https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2015/07/when–no-and-when-refusing-not-allowed

[4] What is a bank verification letter
https://www.pwc.com/m1/en/assets/pdf/bank-verification-letter.pdf