Apostille your incorporation certificate in 3 easy steps.
In order to apostille your incorporation certificate, you simply need to follow the 3 basic services as described below. You have the option of have us apostille your document only after the document is solicitor certified/notarised yourself, or alternatively you can also send us your original documents, we can take a copy, have it certified by a solicitor and go onto apostille it at the FCO office. We can offer a 2 day or same day service.
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If you require us to certify the original, or a photocopied version to be solicitor certified, then please let us know. Please note we would require the original anyway.
Upon receipt of the documents, we will then have the document certified by our solicitor and then apostilled at the FCO accordingly after this and returned straight back to you
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For more information about Apostilling an incorporation certificate, please read below where we have the most common questions answered.
Section 1: Certificate of Incorporation Apostille UK
When any new company is registered with Companies House, it is issued a certificate of incorporation. The certificate of incorporation confirms the company’s name, number, and country of registration. It establishes the company as a legal entity with an identity of its own. The issued certificate of incorporation is either in paper form or digital. In recent years, companies are increasingly being issued an electronic copy or pdf format of the certificate.
Under the 2006 Companies Act, a certificate of incorporation confirms that the business is incorporated as a unique identity, as per company law. The Companies Act of 2006 was implemented to simplify and modernise company law governing the relations, rights and individual conduct of organisations, companies, and businesses.
Once you know how to get a certificate of incorporation, it is also important to know how to get it attached with an apostille, especially if your company will be conducting business outside the UK. An apostille stamp, also known as an apostille certificate, is given so that documents are accepted as legal by other countries, specifically those that are members of the Hague Convention. An apostille serves as a confirmation of the company details to authorities outside the UK.
Section 2: General Queries about Apostilled Certificate of Incorporation
1. Why is an Apostille Required on a Certificate of Incorporation?
An apostille certificate for a Certificate of Incorporation is required to trade or conduct business activities overseas. The apostille legalises the certificate of incorporation. It offers validation of the signatory’s identity and country of origin of the business. The apostille stamp also validates the date and place of certification and verifies the signatures of the authority that issued the certificate. This helps in establishing that the UK business is a legal entity. A Certificate of Incorporation with an apostille also helps in opening a bank account in another country.
2. What Information is Required to Get a Certificate of Incorporation Apostilled?
These days, a Certificate of Incorporation and other certificates related to business registration are issued in electronic form or PDF format, within an hour of a business submitting an application via e-registry. Generally, documents are legalised in their original format. However, an apostille on the Certificate of Incorporation requires businesses to provide a certified photocopy of the document.
In the UK, you can enlist the services of a legalisation firm to get an apostille stamp on your certificate of incorporation by emailing the electronic document to them. The legalisation service will take on the responsibility of ensuring that you receive the document with the apostille certificate at your doorstep.
3. Why Would You Require an Apostille Certificate of Incorporation?
Doing business in today's global economy requires businesses to conduct business overseas. They need to adjust with the social, security, technology, demographic changes across different countries. However, there is one more thing that needs to take care of. To conduct business overseas, companies need to provide proof that all their documentation is genuine and authentic. The way to do this is through an apostille stamp, especially for countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. Certificate of incorporation is one of the most common examples of documents that need an apostille stamp. This verifies that the company is registered in the UK.
Getting an apostille on a certificate of incorporation of a company is not an easy task for an individual. In Delaware, Rapid Legalisation Services (RLS) is a one-stop destination for all your document legalisation needs. RLS works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the London embassies. This makes the process of obtaining an apostille for a certificate of incorporation quick, hassle-free and error-free. The agency ensures that all the documents are submitted at the relevant offices and are kept secure at all times.
An apostille for any documents issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). They usually require documents in their original format. However, copies of certain documents, such as a certificate of incorporation, are also accepted. However, the copy of the certificate of incorporation needs to be validated by a Notary Public or authorised solicitor before it can be presented to the FCO.
If you choose Rapid Legalisation Service (RLS), the process of apostille certificate of incorporation can be accomplished in 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Fill the Order Form Online: On RLS’s website, you will find a convenient form that requires simple details, like name, email address, phone number, document type. It will also ask you to choose the service package and the name of the country where the document needs to be presented. Send them a copy of the certificate of incorporation and make the payment of the apostille fee via credit card or bank transfer.
Step 2: Official Certification: The team at RLS will take on the responsibility of presenting the document to the FCO and obtaining the apostille.
Step 3: Apostilled Document Issued and Delivered Back to you: After the copy of the certificate of incorporation is issued an apostille stamp, it will be delivered to you at your doorstep.
Rapid Legalisation Service offers a fast, effective and efficient way for the legalisation of documents. The time taken to get an apostilled certificate of incorporation depends on the types of service you choose:
- Apostille Same–Day Service
- Apostille 2-Day Service
The cost of Apostille Certificate of Incorporation of a company varies based on the service type you choose:
- Apostille Same-Day Service: £135 (FCO Fees £75 + VAT £10)
- Apostille 2-Day Service: £78 (FCO Fees £30 + VAT £8)
The legalisation of the documents, including company registration certificate in the UK, for international use, is done by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the specific embassy of the country in London where the document needs to be presented. They require a notary certified copy of the certificate of incorporation to provide an apostille stamp or consular legalisation. It is best to hire a reliable certificate of incorporation legalisation service that makes the process smooth and hassle-free for the applicant.
Yes, the apostille certificate of incorporation legalises the document for use outside the UK, especially in member countries of the Hague Convention. For countries that require consular legalisation, RLS offers services here too.