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Documents we can legalise

UK Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership Certificates | UK Certificates of No Impediment |
Passports | Religious Documents | UK Court documents | Change of Name Deed Poll |
Powers of Attorney, Wills, Affidavits, Declarations and Notarial Acts |
Certificates of Incorporation and Other Documents Issued by Companies House |
National Identification Certificates and Disclosure Documents |
Documents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) |
Medical documents | Export Certificates | Pet Travel Scheme |
Academic Certificates and Other Educational Documents |
Documents from UK Crown Dependencies | Documents from British Overseas Territories |
Foreign Language Translations of UK Documents | Foreign Documents

UK Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership Certificates (back to top)

We can legalise original certificates issued by the General Registry Office (GRO) in the UK (this includes GRO issued certified copies), and British Diplomatic Missions overseas. We can also legalise original death certificates issued by a UK coroner. Photocopies of these documents can also be legalised if they have been certified by a UK solicitor to confirm that they are true copies of the original documents. This should be clearly stated on the document by the solicitor or notary public.

UK Certificates of No Impediment (back to top)

Original documents can be legalised. Photocopies can also be legalised if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original documents. More information on obtaining Certificates of No Impediment and using them abroad can be found at Certificates of No Impediment or Nulla Ostas.

Passports (back to top)

We cannot legalise original passports of ANY nationality. Photocopies of the biodata (information) page of British passports may be legalised if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original documents. We do not legalise certified copies of foreign passports or ID documents.

Religious Documents (back to top)

We can legalise the following religious documents as long as they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public and originated in the UK. The solicitor or notary public should certify original documents as being true and genuine, and photocopies as being true copies of the original documents:

- Islamic Marriage and Divorce Certificates issued by UK mosques.
- Jewish Divorce Certificates issued by a Jewish Court.
- Baptismal Certificates of any denomination.

Documents relating to the Hajj or Umrah which originated in the UK must be certified by an official of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, or an Arabic speaking UK solicitor or notary public before they can be legalised.

UK Court documents (back to top)

Original documents issued by UK Courts can be legalised. Photocopies of these documents can also be legalised if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original documents.

Change of Name Deed Poll (back to top)

All change of name deed poll documents (originals as well as copies) must be certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true and genuine, or true photocopies, before they can be legalised.

Powers of Attorney, Wills, Affidavits, Declarations and Notarial Acts (back to top)

Originals of these documents can be legalised if they have been signed in the UK by the individual(s) concerned and the signature(s) witnessed by a UK solicitor or notary public. The solicitor or notary public should certify this clearly on the document.

Certificates of Incorporation and Other Documents Issued by Companies House (back to top)

We can legalise originals of these documents only if they have been signed by an official of Companies House. If the originals do not bear an original signature of an Companies House official then they must be certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true and genuine documents. Photocopies of Companies House documents can be legalised if they have been certified by a UK solicitor or notary public as being true copies of the original document.

National Identification Certificates and Disclosure Documents (back to top)

Only original documents issued by the National Identification Service (NIS) and signed by an NIS official can be legalised. Original disclosure documents must be signed by a member of the Criminal Records Bureau or a UK solicitor or notary public before they can be legalised. We cannot legalise photocopies of NIS or disclosure documents.

Documents from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) (back to top)

Original documents from HMRC can be legalised if they are signed by an HMRC official.

Medical documents (back to top)

Medical reports and letters issued by UK hospitals and NHS Trusts may be legalised as long as they have been signed by a UK doctor who is registered with the General Medical Council. Letters concerning non-medical issues, eg. job references or letters of employment, should be signed by a UK solicitor or notary public confirming them to be true and genuine. We cannot legalise other medical documents, including Form Med 3 issued by doctors for statutory sick pay and social security purposes.

Export Certificates (back to top)

We can legalise export certificates only if they have been signed by an official of the relevant UK Government Department. Photocopies of export documents may be legalised if a UK solicitor or notary public has certified them to confirm that they are true copies of the original documents.

Pet Travel Scheme (back to top)

We can legalise documents to export pets overseas. These must be original documents and be signed by a qualified Veterinary Surgeon. Please note that we do not legalise any other documents for pets.

Academic Certificates and Other Educational Documents (back to top)

We can only legalise academic certificates which refer to qualifications from accredited UK institutions. The legalisation office will check the qualifications/institutions against lists of accredited providers approved by the UK Department of Education and Skills. If the certificate meets these requirements it must also be signed by a UK solicitor or notary public confirming that it is a genuine and true document.

Photocopies may also be legalised if they are signed by a UK solicitor confirming that they are true copies of the original documents. If you are overseas it may be possible for a British Council representative in your country to certify the document instead of a UK solicitor or notary public. For more information on this please contact the local British Council office in your country.

School reports in booklet format cannot be legalised. However we can legalise a letter from an accredited UK school confirming grades and attendance if necessary. Such letters must also be certified by a UK solicitor or notary public confirming them to be genuine and true.

Documents from UK Crown Dependencies (back to top)

We cannot legalise documents originating or executed in the British Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey). Such documents should be legalised in the relevant Dependency and do not require further legalisation by the Legalisation Office in order to be accepted by foreign authorities.

Documents from British Overseas Territories (back to top)

Documents originating or executed in a British Overseas Territory can only be legalised if they have already been legalised by an official of the Government in the Territory concerned. The British Overseas Territories are:

Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antartic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Foreign Language Translations of UK Documents (back to top)

We can legalise translations of UK documents issued or executed in the UK. These documents need to be certified by a UK solicitor or notary public confirming that they are true translations. In order to do this the solicitor or notary public should have an understanding of the language concerned and should state this on the document. We can also legalise documents certified as true translations by an official of the relevant Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in London Please note that we are not able to legalise documents on the signature of the translator unless they are also a practising UK solicitor or notary public. Please note that we will not legalise certified copies of foreign language documents.

Foreign Documents (back to top)

If you have a foreign document which requires legalisation you should contact the relevant Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the UK for advice. It may be possible to legalise the document if it has been certified by the relevant Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

If you have been advised that your document needs to be appended to a cover sheet containing a certification from a practising UK solicitor or notary public, the certification should specifically refer to the document, and the document should be properly bound to the cover sheet.