To get an apostille for your Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) card, we need to receive the original post office pass card in our office. You can deliver it in person (24 hours) or post it to our office in Westminster, London.
Once we receive your post office PASS card, getting an apostille certificate usually takes 2 days, and costs start from £110, including solicitor fees, FCDO fees, our fees and VAT.
We can return the apostilled post office PASS card via DHL courier (next-day service), or you can collect it in person (24 hours).
Please note that CitizenCard-issued Post Office PASS cards do not qualify for an e-Apostille.
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The full order process:
Make sure your post office PASS card can be legalised with an apostille. The official PASS card must be valid and undamaged so a clear photocopy can be taken (front and back).
Contact our office.
When emailing, please provide the following information:
- Your post office PASS card will be used in what country?
- How soon do you need the apostille?
- Do you also require embassy legalisation?
- How will the PASS card be delivered and returned?
When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a personalised and detailed quotation.
If you accept the quote, we will send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting the apostille starts.
Once your post office PASS card 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 DHL tracking number given by the courier.
Note that we return documents by DHL courier only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.
Getting an apostille for a UK post office PASS card starts from £110.
Other costs will depend on what service you choose (standard or express service), if you need embassy attestation, and what return delivery method you choose.
Additional cost examples are:
- Same day or express service (+ £123)
- Return delivery costs (+ £20)
- Notarisation by notary public (+ £90)
- Embassy attestation/legalisation (from £75)
How long does it take to get an apostille for a post office PASS card?
Standard processing times for getting an apostille is 1-2 working days.
Here is an explanation of the difference between the 1 to 2 day service times:
- If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 1 day to process your documents + next-day return delivery.
- If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it would take 2 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.
Discover how the same-day apostille service works.
Do I have to come to your office?
You must only attend in person if your post office PASS card must be notarised by a notary public. However, if you prefer to attend in person, you are welcome to do so.
If you are not based in London or can’t travel to London, documents can be sent by courier or by post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your PASS card by post. We return your documents in the same way.
Why do I need an apostille for my PASS card?
You need to get an apostille for your PASS card when a foreign government, organisation or individual requests it.
The apostille authenticates your PASS card and renders it acceptable as proof of age in all countries that are party to the Hague Convention 1961 (see below).
Who can ask for an apostille of my PASS card?
Any private citizen, organisation, business or government agency in a foreign country can request an apostille of your PASS card.
An apostille of your PASS card may be requested to confirm your age and identity when it would be cumbersome or inappropriate to use your passport.
Can I use my original post office PASS card to get an apostille?
The original post office PASS card cannot be used for an apostille.
A PASS card which has been damaged, altered or modified in any way is no longer valid. The apostille certificate is attached directly to a document.
Affixing an apostille directly to a PASS card would alter the card and invalidate it.
The FCDO, therefore, needs a certified copy of the PASS card for the apostille .
Who can certify the copy of my PASS card?
Only a solicitor or notary public can certify the copy of your PASS card in the UK.
Countries that are party to the Hague Convention 1961 regard certification by a solicitor as sufficient.
Countries not part of the Hague convention may require notarisation of the copy by a notary public.
Solicitor certification confirms only that the PASS card and its copy have been seen.
Notarisation by a notary public verifies that the PASS card is genuine and that the copy is a true copy. The notary must check the card against the records of the issuing authority .
Does the apostille for my PASS card expire?
The apostille for your PASS card remains valid for as long as the PASS card remains valid.
PASS cards issued before 7th January 2021 do not expire. Cards issued after 7th January 2021 expire after three years .
Does my PASS card have to be translated?
A translation of your PASS card is only needed when it is requested.
A translation must also be certified as accurate .
We offer translation for all official ID cards. Translation takes 2-3 days and usually costs £75 per ID card, but we offer a discount for all UK PASS cards and only charge £50 per ID.
The following agencies are authorised to issue cards on behalf of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and can be used to get an apostille certificate.