Get your company documents legalised
Non-UK residents who set up a limited company in the UK are often required to have certain company incorporation documents legalised to verify their authenticity for use abroad. An Apostille Certificate must be obtained and attached to the relevant company document to state that it is authentic and can be used in another country.
This official authentication is provided by a Notary who certifies the document. An Apostille Certificate is then attached to the verified document by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This process ensures the documents will be accepted in all countries party to the 1961 Hague Convention.
It is often necessary to attach an Apostille Certificate to your company documents when opening a business bank account or opening a new branch of your business in a foreign country.
Our Apostille service can be used to legalise a range of company documents, including the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association, IN01 Form from Companies House and Certificate of Good Standing. If required, additional documents can be Apostilled on request.
How it works:
- Select 'Buy Now', fill out the order form, checkout, and pay
- You will receive an email confirming the document(s) you have requested to be apostilled and your delivery address.
- If any additional information or documentation is required, we will also let you know by email
- Your document(s) will be certified by a solicitor (if required)
- We will send your document(s) to the FCDO for apostilling
- Once we have received the apostilled document(s), we will send you an electronic copy of the apostille certificate for your records
- Your original apostilled document(s) will be sent to you via your chosen delivery method
Frequently asked questions
What are ‘Apostilled’ documents?
An Apostille Certificate is a form of authentication attached to official documents. Documents are certified by a solicitor before the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) attaches the Apostille Certificate to verify authenticity
This allows the documents to be used outside the UK.
Do I need my company documents Apostilled?
You should only require Apostilled documents if you choose to open a business bank account outside the UK, or you want to open a new branch of your company overseas.
How many documents can I have Apostilled?
There is no limit to the number of documents you can have Apostilled at any one time. For the purposes of attaching an Apostille Certificate, we consider the Memorandum & Articles of Association to be one document. All other documents require a separate Apostille Certificate.
When do I receive my Apostilled documents?
Following payment, we will certify your documents and send them to the FCDO for the Apostille Certificate to be attached.
Once your Apostilled documents are returned to us, we will forward them to you free of charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery or by International Tracked and Signed delivery, for an additional cost of £13.00. Premium couriers such as DHL are also available at an additional charge.
Where can I use my Apostilled documents?
Apostilled company documents are accepted in any of the 122 countries which are party to the 1961 Hague Convention. We are unable to advise if these documents will be accepted in any other country not party to the Convention.
Which documents are Apostilled?
The most common documents Apostilled tend to be those issued by Companies House, for example:
- Certificates of Incorporation
- Memorandum & Articles of Association
- IN01 Form from Companies House
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Any other forms filed at Companies House (such as AP01, CS01 or other)
If you require any additional documents Apostilled, these can be requested during the applications process