How to get an apostille for a diploma
  1. Our solicitors must see the original degree
  2. Both originals & copies must be certified or notarised by a UK FCDO-registered solicitor or notary.
  3. Post or deliver your original diploma in person
  • 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.

We need to receive the original diploma qualification to get an apostille.

Let us know if we should apostille the original or a certified copy.

If you only have a COPY, or a digital download (PDF), our solicitors will require proof that your copy/PDF is genuine. This can be achieved by asking the issuing university to send an email to our solicitors directly. 

We can return the legalised documents via DHL or Royal Mail (next-day service), or you can collect them in person.

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The full order process

Step one:

We need to receive the original diploma even if you want to apostille a copy.

Step two:

Contact our office.

Please provide the following information:

  • In which country will your diploma be used?
  • Should we legalise the original or a certified copy?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • Do you also require embassy legalisation?
  • How will the diploma 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 quote, the process of getting an apostille starts.

Step three:

Once your diploma has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email.

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

Note that we return documents by DHL and 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)

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.

Do I have to come to your office?

No, your diploma or other educational certificates can be sent by courier or post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your documents by post. We return your documents in the same way.

If it is more convenient, you can attend our office in person to both deliver and collect documents.

Can one apostille cover additional documents with my diploma?

It is possible to obtain a single apostille for a set of documents. Suppose all documents relate to one individual and are of a similar type (e.g. academic qualifications). In that case, they can be bound together in a single legal binding with a cover sheet.

The cover sheet details the number and type of documents within the bundle.

The cover sheet must be prepared and signed by a solicitor. The advantage of getting a single apostille for a set of related documents is that it can reduce costs.

The main disadvantage of getting one apostille for multiple documents is that some countries (e.g. UAE and Qatar) require each document to be legalised separately.

Always check the requirements in the country where your apostilles will be presented.

Apostille for UK diplomas (750 × 450 px)
Image: Diploma & apostille certificate mock-up

Is there a deadline for applying for an apostille for my UK diploma?

There are no deadlines set by the FCDO on applying for an apostille for a UK diploma.

However, if you need the apostille to get a visa or work permit overseas, a deadline may be set by the authorities (or by a prospective employer) in your destination country.

UK universities and other academic institutions do not impose any deadlines on applying for an apostille for their diplomas.

Always check whether any deadlines have been set by the authorities in your destination country.

Can the FCDO refuse to issue an apostille for my university diploma?

Yes. There are a number of reasons why the Legalisation Office may reject your application for an apostille.

For most diplomas and other academic qualifications, a certified copy is submitted to the FCDO. A notary public or solicitor should do the certification.

A solicitor who certifies the copy must fulfil the following requirements:

  • 1
    They must be registered as a currently practising solicitor with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • 2
    Their name and a sample signature must be on the FCDO’s database of approved certifiers
  • 3
    They must certify the copy correctly as a ‘true copy’

A correct certification must include the solicitor’s official stamp showing their name, company and address. It must also include a date and a ‘wet’ signature (signed with pen and ink).

The diploma must have been granted by a UK university and certified by a UK solicitor.

Finally, the institution that awarded the diploma must be registered with the UK government and authorised to grant diplomas.

If any of the above conditions are not met, the FCDO will reject the application.

Is diploma attestation the same as apostille legalisation?

No, diploma attestation is not the same as apostille legalisation. Attestation of a diploma confirms that it is genuine and has been granted by an authorised academic institution in the UK.

The apostille constitutes an official acknowledgement by the FCDO of the legal standing of the diploma. Apostilles are accepted in all countries that are signatories of the Hague Convention on apostilles.

Countries not a party to the Hague convention require further attestation by their embassy in the UK (See below).

How are UK university diplomas verified by an embassy?

Embassy attestation involves a threefold process of verification. In the first stage, a solicitor or notary public certifies the diploma.

Solicitors normally certify only that they have seen the original and that the copy is a ‘true copy’.

In order to confirm that the diploma is genuine, a notary public will check with the institution that issued the diploma. The notary will also establish that the institution which issued the diploma is accredited for this purpose.

Many solicitors in the UK are also notaries public.

In the second stage, an apostille for the diploma is obtained from the FCDO.

The third stage, the embassy’s attestation, cannot take place until the first two stages have been completed.

How can I verify my apostilled diploma to ensure the certificate is genuine?

Provided you have the number of the apostille and the date on which it was issued, you can verify the apostille certificate by using the tool on the government’s legalisation office website [6].

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[1] About diplomas

[2] Diplomas of Higher Education

[3] Professional Graduate Diploma in Education

[4] Postgraduate Diploma in Education

[5] High school diploma

[6] Verify an Apostille