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What is an Apostille?

An Apostille Stamp is simply a Certificate of Authenticity. Obtaining an Apostille Stamp may sometimes be referred to as Legalisation, or Legalising a Document.

An Apostille is a certificate that is attached to an official legal document to verify that the signatory on your document is genuine and that the person who signed your document is a recognised and authorised person of the organisation that issued the document. Each Apostille is dated, given a unique reference number and registered.

When you present a legal document in a foreign country, it is often difficult for them to determine whether the document is genuine and legal. An Apostille Stamp ensures that your document, issued by the General Register Office in the United Kingdom, is recognised and accepted overseas by the member states of the Hague Convention. These countries validate the document, for example a Birth Certificate, by the authority of the Apostille Stamp rather than the document itself.

How can I get my Certificate Apostilled?

When ordering a replacement Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Death Certificate through UK Document Services, if you know your certificate needs to be apostilled we can help you with this. Apostilles are processed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, who will certify the validity of your certificate and issue an Apostille Stamp which you can use as proof of authenticity when using your certificate at home or abroad. If you would like us to handle this for you, simply indicate the number of apostilled certificates you need when ordering through our website, and we will take care of everything else.

Certificate Sources

Certificates ordered through UK Document Services are available from £25.00, dispatched in 10 working days without a GRO reference index number. We appreciate that our services are more expensive than those provided by the GRO, however included in our price, alongside the physical cost of the certificate, we provide valuable added benefits

Certificates are available directly from the official website, from £9.25, despatched in 15 working days without a GRO reference index number.

Apostilles are available directly from the official website, from £30.00.

Certificates are ordered from the General Register Office (GRO). The GRO is part of the Identity and Passport Service and oversees civil registration in England and Wales. They maintain the national archive of all births, marriages and deaths dating back to 1837.

UK Document Services are a third party agency and are not affiliated with the GRO, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), or any other government body.

An Apostille may be required when:

  • A marriage is taking place outside of the UK
  • Buying or selling a property abroad
  • Companies carry out business abroad
  • Legalising documents for employment abroad
  • Non-UK residents need proof of qualifications
  • Opening a bank account abroad
  • Assets are outside of the UK
  • Proving your identity

Which countries accept an Apostille?


Here is a list of countries in the Hague Convention which will accept an Apostille Stamp as full legalisation of a document:


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaidjan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenagro
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis Anguilla
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela