There are two options for legalising and getting an apostille for your court documents.
Option one – you try via the official FCDO website and complete the checks and apostille process yourself. The process can take up to 20 days or longer.
Option two – you can use us, an FCDO-registered apostille agency, to take care of the entire process for you. Plus, we can get the apostille much faster. Usually within 2-3 days. We also offer a same-day service if required.
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How to order:
Check if your court document has the official court stamp & signature. If it does not, we must certify your document first.
Note that the FCDO does not recognise some court clerks’ signatures, so your court document would not be accepted for the apostille and would need to be certified first.
If unsure, send us pictures of your document, and we will check the signature for you.
Contact us to place an order.
When emailing, please provide the following information:
- How many court documents need an apostille?
- In which country will your documents be used?
- How soon do you need the apostille?
- Do you need a translation?
- Any other requests you may have
Once we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a personalised and detailed quotation.
We’ll advise of the process, answer all questions and inform you of the time it will take to get your court document legalised.
If you accept the quotation, we will send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting an apostille for your documents starts.
We will take care of everything.
We will return your apostilled court documents as soon as they are ready.
We will email you a scanned copy too.
And if you need your documents returned by post – nationally or internationally – we use DHL’s next-day service to return your documents.
How much does it cost?
A standard apostille for a UK court document starts from £79.
Other costs will depend on what service you need or choose. For example, solicitor certification or notarisation, standard or same-day service, embassy fees if required, and the selected return delivery method.
How long does it take?
Standard processing times for getting an apostille is 2-3 working days.
Here is an explanation of the difference between the 2 to 3 day service times:
- If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 2 days to process your documents + next-day return delivery.
- If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it would take 3 days to apostille your documents + next day return delivery.
We also offer a same-day apostille service.
- Documents must arrive before 10 am for the same-day service.
- Documents can be collected around 4 pm the same day.
Same-day service assumes you can drop off and collect your documents on the same day.
The same-day becomes a 24-hour service if a courier service is used.
Read the full same-day apostille service explanation.
Can somebody collect my court documents on my behalf?
Yes, you can ask a friend or family member to collect or drop off your court documents at our central London address. We ask that you notify us of the person’s name and ask them to bring photo ID.
Should I use the original or a photocopy for the apostille?
If you should use the original court document or a solicitor-certified photocopy will depend on the requesting authority and country.
It is also worth checking if the court documents (both original or copy) need to be notarised, instead of solicitor certified.
If your legalised court documents are used for personal or business purposes could also a deciding factor if you should use the original or certified copies.