Service summary:
  1. You can email a scanned copy – no need to post originals
  2. Photocopies must be certified or notarised (originals don’t)
  3. If we receive your document by 10am it takes 2 days to complete
  4. We legalise your degree certificates with the apostille
  5. Your apostilled certificate is ready to be collected or couriered

To get an apostille for a degree certificate, the original degree certificate must have been issued by a recognised UK university or institute where you completed the educational course.

Online ‘only’ university degrees can not be apostilled in the UK.

How to order:  

Step one:

Prepare your UK degree certificate(s). Decide if the original or a photocopy can be apostilled.

The apostille certificate will be glued and embossed onto your document by the FCDO. Using a solicitor-certified photocopy protects the original certificate. It’s the most popular option with our customers.

Step two:

As mentioned above, photocopies of degree certificates must be certified by a solicitor or notary public before they can be apostilled.

If you are organising your own certification, ensure that the solicitor or notary you are using is registered with the UK FCDO to avoid delays (or rejections) in processing your documents.

Using your own notary can be time-consuming and expensive (some charge £150 or more).

If you don’t want to organise your own certification, we can provide this service for you.

Our solicitors and notaries will try to complete the certification process in 1 or 2 days. However, certification may take longer, depending on how quickly universities respond to requests. [*]

Step three:

Contact our office by phone or email and let them know you need your degree certificate(s) apostilled.

When emailing, please provide the following information:

[or complete this form]

  • How many documents do need an apostille?
  • Are your degrees already certified?
  • Is the apostille for the original – or a photocopy? **
  • In which country will your documents be used?
  • Do you require translation of your degree?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?

** If you use a photocopy, you do not need to send the originals to our office. Most customers choose this option as it saves time and keeps the original degrees intact. Just send the photocopy via email, and we will certify the copies.

There are countries that will only accept apostilles on the original degree certificate. Make sure your university issues you an original copy of your degree.

Once we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you are personalised and detailed quotation.

If you accept the quotation, we send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting an apostille for your documents starts. We will take care of everything.

Step four:

When your degree certificate has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email, so you know the process has been completed successfully.

Your documents are on their way or are ready for collection.

If you are not collecting your apostilled degree from our London office – we’ll provide you with the DHL tracking number as soon as they’ve been given to the courier.

Note that we return documents with DHL (only). DHL return deliveries – both national and international require the following details:

  • A full name
  • Full return address
  • Contact phone number

How much does it cost?

A standard FCDO apostille for a degree certificate starts from £97.

Other costs will depend on what service you choose (standard or same-day service), if you need a notary or solicitor service, university fees, embassy attestation fees (if required) and what return delivery method has been chosen.

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Why do I need an apostille for my UK degree certificate?

You will need to get an apostille for your degree because an overseas authority would have requested that you legalise your degree certificate(s) with a UK apostille.

How much does an apostille and degree certificate cost?

An apostille for a degree certificate starts from £97.

There are additional costs depending on what service you need, how long the notarisation takes, if the university changes fees, and solicitor fees.

The cost will also depend on the service type you choose if it is a standard service, express or same-day service.

All quotes will include Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office fees.

Regardless of what service type you choose, the following is also always included:

  • If documents need to be certified, we get a solicitor
  • We submit your documents to the FCDO for the apostille
  • We arrange the embassy attestation if needed
  • If required, we also arrange for the Arab Chamber of Commerce certification
  • Documents are returned by your preferred chosen method.
  • We are competitively priced with no hidden fees
  • We have a service guarantee! If we can’t get your documents attested, we refund our fee.
University Degree Certificate Examples
University Degree Certificate Examples / Image credit: See references

What information should the solicitor certification include?

The solicitor or notary public should include the following when certifying your degree certificate for the apostille service.

  • They should state what they are certifying (true copy, original document, witness signature etc.)
  • They should use their own personal signature, not the company name
  • They should include the date of the certification
  • They should state their company address

In addition, when a notary public authenticates a document from England, Northern Ireland or Wales, the notary public must affix their notarial seal and apply their embossed seal.

Please note that some authorities abroad will not accept copies of certain documents, even though they can be legalised. If you want to ensure your degree certificate copy will be accepted, contact the concerned foreign authority.

What authentication options are there for UK degree certificates?

  • Original degree
  • Copy of degree, no verification
  • Copy of degree, with verification
  • Original degree & transcript in a bundle
  • Original degree & transcript separately
  • Copy of degree & transcript in bundle, unverified
  • Copy of degree & transcript separately, unverified
  • Copy of degree & transcript in a bundle, verified
  • Copy of degree & transcript separately, verified
  • Translations of degrees

Examples of types of degree certificates that can be legalised:

  • A Foundation Degree
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor’s of Medicine (MB) and Science (BSc)
  • Master Degree – advanced graduate degree
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Qualification Degree – GCSEs, A-Level, Edexcel, BTEC, NVQ, SVQ, AQA, OCR, CCEA
  • Vocational Qualifications – City & Guilds, ESOL, QCF

If your degree is not listed above, contact us, we can legalise all UK degrees.

What is the UK degree attestation process?

The degree attestation process is a service provided on top of the apostille certificate. Some countries may require the apostilled degree certificate to be legalised further by the consulate of the country you wish to use it.

We provide degree certificates legalised and apostille certificates for international use when needed.

Can I get an apostille for my degree certificate if I am not in the UK?

Yes, you can get an apostille for your UK degree even if you are not in the UK. You can also check if the British Embassy in the country you are in can authenticate your degree.

If the local embassy does not authenticate your degree, you will have to send the original or a certified copy to us.

A copy of your degree is preferred as you can email it and we can certify that digital copy for you. Before you send us, the electronic copy make sure that the requesting authority accepts a certified copy. Some countries will only accept the original.

Also, if the country is not part of the Hague Convention your degree might also require embassy attestation. Again, please check with the requesting authority.

If you have several degree documents or want to include your transcript, we can bind documents into sets to save you money.

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[1] Legalisation of UK degree certificates
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/legalisation-of-uk-degree-certificates

[2] Check if your university or college can award a degree
https://www.gov.uk/check-university-award-degree