An Apostille Stamp is simply a Certificate of Authenticity. Obtaining an Apostille Stamp may sometimes be referred to as Legalisation or Legalising a Document.
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 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.
What is an Apostille?
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.
How can I get my Certificate Apostilled?
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
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