Apostille service overview:
  1. An FCDO-registered solicitor or notary must certify it
  2. Both the original or certified copy can be apostilled
  3. Bring it to our office in person, or send it by mail/courier
  • 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.

DIY: To get an apostille you need to submit the original FCDO-registered solicitor or notary certified declaration to the FCDO to get an apostille for a statutory declaration.

You can use a certified copy, but using the original declaration for the apostille is recommended. The process can take 20 days or longer.

If you need a faster service use an FCDO registered apostille agent (like us) to take care of the entire process for you.

How to order:  

Step one:

Check that the statutory declaration is signed by a UK FCDO-registered solicitor or notary whose signature is registered with the FCDO. Alternatively, instruct our notary to witness your declaration.

Step two:

Contact us to place an order.

 When emailing, please provide the following information:

  • In which country will your statutory declaration be used?
  • Does the declaration need to be translated?
  • Do you require embassy legalisation?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?

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

Final step:

As soon as your statutory declaration has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email.

Regardless of what return delivery method is chosen (in person, self-addressed envelope, DHL etc.), we will inform you immediately as soon as the documents are ready to be collected or they are on their way back to you.

Assuming that you are not collecting your apostilled documents from our London office – we will also provide you with the tracking number as soon as your forms have been given to the courier.

Note that we return documents with DHL or Royal Mail (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?

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.

Does a statutory declaration need translating?

If the statutory declaration needs a certified translation will depend on the requesting authority. They will usually let you know if you need to translate the document. If you need a translation service, we can take care of it for you.

Can all types of statutory declarations be apostilled?

There are over 36 different types of statutory declarations, and all can be legalised with an apostille in the UK. All types must be be witnessed and signed by a UK solicitor or notary before legalisation.

Statutory Declaration Format
Statutory declaration form example / Image credit: bassetlaw.gov.uk

Who can request an apostille for a statutory declaration?

An apostille and legalisation for the statutory declaration can be requested by any overseas authority. Often reqestes state that you need a Hague apostille or FCDO apostille, which are the same legalisation processes.

Is a statutory declaration the same as an affidavit?

No. A statutory declaration is not the same as an affidavit and should not be confused as such. Although it’s easy to see why they would be similar.

An affidavit is a written and a sworn document containing facts while a statutory declaration is not sworn under oath, although it is still a formal and legally binding document. The declarations are made in accordance with the Act of 1835. (1)

Before a statutory declaration is formed the person making the declaration is informed of their responsibilities. If they happen to make a false declaration, legal proceedings will be taken against them.

This is why the statements must be made under a notary public or UK solicitor, and an apostille stamp confirms the document.

What you need to know

Statutory declarations explained

What a declaration is, how and where to get one, when you need them, and legalising statutory declarations for overseas use. [+ free form templates]
What you need to know

Statutory declaration for single status

A statutory declaration is commonly used to prove a person’s single status.

If one person wants to marry outside the UK, an overseas authority will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that the person is single and free to marry before a marriage permit is given.

This is part of the apostille service.

A certificate of No Impediment can also be used to prove a single status.

Please note that there is no guarantee that your local register officer will give you this specific document because there are legal restrictions that prohibit them from issuing these types of apostille certificates.

As a result of this, most people often choose the statutory declaration statement. Before presenting a statutory declaration overseas, it is advisable to confirm if the authorities in the other country will accept it.

This article has been written by experts and fact-checked by experts. We only link to high-quality sources like government information & data, original reporting and interviews with industry experts. Reputable publishers are also sourced and cited where appropriate to support the facts within our articles.

[1] Statutory Declarations Act 1835
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Will4/5-6/62/contents

[2] Perjury Act 1911
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/1-2/6/section/5#:~:text=5%20False%20statutory%20declarations%20and%20other%20false%20statements%20without%20oath

[3] Image credit:
https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/legal-and-licensing/hackney-carriage-and-private-hire-information/hackney-carriage-and-private-hire-policy/appendix-d-statutory-declaration-format/

Statutory declarations.

Get an apostille for your statutory declaration. We can also help with solicitor certification.