Hague Apostille FAQ

Hague Apostille UK Legalisation is a certificate applied on the back of the requested document and confirms validity of a document, signature, stamp or seal. The Hague Apostille Convention only applies if both the country where the public document was issued and the country where the public document is to be used are parties to the Convention.

Apostille FAQ
Apostille legalisation frequently asked questions

Where do I get an Hague Apostille?

Each country that is a party to the Convention must designate one or several authorities that are entitled to issue Apostilles. These authorities are called Competent Authorities – only they are permitted to issue Apostilles. In the UK the FCO – Foreign and...

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To which documents does the Apostille Convention apply?

The Convention applies to public documents. Whether or not a document is a public document is determined by the law of the country in which the document was issued. Countries typically apply the Convention to a wide variety of documents. Most Apostilles are issued for...

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In which countries does Hague Apostille Convention apply?

The Hague Apostille Convention only applies if both the country where the public document was issued and the country where the public document is to be used are parties to the Convention. A comprehensive and updated list of the countries where the Apostille Convention...

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What is an Apostille and when do I need one?

An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document (e.g., a birth, marriage or death certificate, a judgment, an extract of a register or a notarial attestation). Apostilles can only be issued for documents issued in one country party to...

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Do all Apostilles have to look exactly the same?

An Annex to the Hague Apostille Convention provides a Model Apostille Certificate  Apostilles should conform as closely as possible to this Hague Model Certificate In particular, an Apostille must: be identified as an Apostille; and include the short version of the...

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How are Apostilles affixed to public documents?

An Apostille must be placed directly on the public document itself or on a separate attached page (called an allonge). Apostilles may be affixed by various means, including rubber stamps, self-adhesive stickers, impressed seals, etc. If an Apostille is placed on...

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What are the effects of an Apostille?

An Apostille only certifies the origin of the public document to which it relates: it certifies the authenticity of the signature or seal of the person or authority that signed or sealed the public document and the capacity in which this was done. An Apostille...

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