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  1. What is Legalization?
    Official documents that are issued in one country that will be used in countries abroad need to be legalized or ‘authenticated’ by the appropriate authorities in the issuing country as proof that the document was issued by a competent official. I.e., proof that the certificate is genuine and not fraudulent.

    The type of legalization/authentication required depends on the country in which the documents come from.

    • Apostille.
    • Legalization.
    • Double Legalization. First by the issuing country and then by the Embassy or Consulate in the issuing country.
    • Legalization and Verification. Legalization by issuing country and verification of content by the Embassy or Consulate in issuing countr 

What are the requirements for authentication/legalization by other countries? 

Each Embassy/Consulate is different in what requirements and fees are needed for Document Authenticate.document legalization services

Why is it necessary to have documents Attested or Legalised?

Legalisation of a document is typically required where there is a need to present an official document or certificate to a country other than the one that issued the document.

The purpose of this process is so that your UK documents will be recognised and accepted overseas. This would include applying for a Visa, Drivers Licence, Passport, Medical Registration etc outside of the UK.

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This process is not usually needed if you are applying to an overseas British authority such as a British embassy or High Commission, for example when applying for a replacement passport to your own embassy. If in doubt you should check the requirements with whoever you need to present the document to.

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Which documents can you Legalise?

Our service will allow you to legalise, or attest, any UK-Issued document for use outside the UK. We can also carry out the process for documents issued in Ireland or British Overseas Territories such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands or Bermuda. Additionally we can legalise documents issued within a British Crown Dependancy (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderny and the Isle of Man). Check our Documents We can Legalise page for more information on the document types we can process.