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Apostille Legalisation


Legalisation (Apostille) is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine.

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Why Have an Apostille Certificate?

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Why Have an Apostille Certificate?


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The legalisation of documents is often referred to as an apostille stamp. This is because an embossing stamp is placed upon the actual apostille certificate.
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Prior to the introduction of apostille certificates the burden on international courts and authorities to judge foreign documents as authentic was quite considerable. The 5 October 1961 the Hague Convention abolished the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents. The Convention reduces all of the formalities of legalisation to the simple delivery of a certificate in a prescribed form, entitled "Apostille", by the authorities of the State where the document originates. This certificate, placed on the document, is dated, numbered and registered. The verification of its registration can be carried out without difficulty by means of a simple request for information addressed to the authority which delivered the certificate.