Service summary:
  • We need the original driving license
  • Post or hand deliver the license to our office
  • Our solicitor  will certify a copy of the driver’s license
  • 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.

Getting an apostille for an official UK driver’s license is straightforward.

We need to receive the original driver’s license in our office in London.

Our solicitor takes a photocopy, and the solicitor certifies the copy before getting the apostille.

How to place an order 

Step one:

Check that your driver’s permit can be legalised by the legalisation office.

In most cases, your licence must be valid long enough for the requesting authorities (usually 6 months +).

Driver’s licences and other ID documents do not qualify for an e-apostille.

Step two:

The original UK driving licence cannot be apostilled – only photocopies. So, we get a copy certified by a UK solicitor or notary public.

If you already have a solicitor-certified copy, we can get the apostille only.

Step three:

Contact us to place an order.

When emailing, please provide the following information:

  • What country will the driving licence be used in?
  • Do you need a translation?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • How will you get your license to us? (In person, by mail etc.)
  • How will the legalised doc be returned? (Collection, courier, etc.)

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

If you accept our quotation, we will send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting an apostille for your driver’s license starts.

We will take care of the entire apostille legalisation process for you.

Final step:

We will contact you as soon as the documents are ready to be collected or let you know they have been posted.

Regardless of what return delivery method is chosen (in person, self-addressed envelope, DHL etc.), we will email you a scanned copy of the apostilled driver’s license.

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)

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.

Option two: 3 to 4 days:

  • If documents arrive by 10:30 am, it will take 2 days
  • If documents arrive after 10:30 am, then it will take 3 days
  • Documents are submitted and collected in person

Option three: 1 day (next business day)

  • Documents must arrive before 10:30 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.

Why can only a photocopy of the driver’s license be apostilled?

The driver’s license can not be altered in any way, or it would become invalid. The driver’s licence is also a small plastic card ( 3.5cm x 4.5cm), so it would be too small to attach an apostille certificate, which is 15cm x 15cm in size.

What information is required to get a driving licence apostilled?

To get an apostille certification for your driving licence, you need to submit the original driving permit to us, including the following:

  • We need to make a scanned copy of your driving licence (both sides) of the original driving license.
  • Contact details, including your mobile number and email address

  • The country for which you wish to use your driving licence.
  • Your postal address to send the apostilled document back to you.
Mock-design of UK driving license and (old) counterpart
Mock-design of UK driving license and (old) counterpart / Image credit: apostillelondon.com

What if I’m not in the UK and require an apostille certificate for my driving licence?

If you are not in the UK, you can still get an apostille for your UK driver’s license. You can post or courier your licence to our office.

Or, you can employ the help of a family member or friend to assist you in the process of getting an apostille for your driving license here in the UK.

If you need notarisation we need to check if a remote video notarisation is possible.[2]

Non-English speaking countries may require a translation

Should you need to use the apostilled driver’s license in a non-English speaking country, a certified translation of your photocopied driver’s license might be required. The requesting authorities will usually let you know if this is required.

If you need a translation service, we can provide this for you. [4]

Non-Hague member countries may also require embassy attestation

The apostilled driving licence may also need to be authenticated at an embassy in London. For example, if the country you are using the licence in is not part of the apostille treaty, then embassy attestation might be requested. [3]

What if you have changed your name on your driving licence?

You can get an apostille without further proof or documents if you have changed your name on the driver’s licence. However, it is possible that overseas authorities may request an apostilled and certified Deed Poll.

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[1] Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed driving licence
https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-to-replace-a-driving-licence

[2] Driving licences and applications
https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla/y/driving-licences-and-applications

[3] Get your driving licence legalised
https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised