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Decree Absolute Apostille

Apostille a decree absolute in 3 easy steps.

In order to apostille a decree absolute, 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.

Please select below:


Complete our quick online order form to select the service. Click here to access the form


Send us the order form and the original version of your certification for inspection.


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

Institutions Services No. of Document(s) / Applicant(s) Price (per document)
FCO Apostille Only 3 - 4 Working Days 1 Items £200.00
FCO Apostille Only 3 - 4 Working Days 2-3 Items £145.00
FCO Apostille Only 3 - 4 Working Days 3+ Items £125.00
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For more information about Apostilling a decree absolute, please read below where we have the most common questions answered.

Section 1: Decree Absolute Apostille UK

When you get married, you would have rarely anticipated a divorce in the future. The office of National Statistics estimates that over 40% of the marriages end in a divorce. A decree absolute is a legal document that officially ends a marriage in the UK. It is issued by the court after the divorce proceedings are completed. After the date of decree nisi, you need to wait for at least 43 days before applying for a decree absolute.

If you need to produce decree absolute as evidence of the divorce to any foreign authority or institution, you will get Apostille certification for the documents. Apostille is an additional authentication, required for international acceptance of notarised documents. It is dated, numbered and registered. The Hague Convention of 1961 put in place the apostille stamp as a means of legalisation for various types of documents, including decree absolute. There are over 60 member countries of the Hague Convention that accept the apostille.

An apostille is needed on a decree absolute to prove the authenticity of the document. The apostille can be issued within 1-2 days of application. It is beneficial if you frequently travel abroad, wish to re-marry or need it for personal business. Members of the Hague Convention will accept your decree absolute without further attestation by the embassy.

Section 2: General Queries About Apostilled Decree Absolute

1. Why is an Apostille Required on Decree Absolute?

An apostille certificate will authenticate that the decree absolute has been issued by the court or signed by a UK notary public or solicitor. It will avoid any further attestation by an embassy and will be accepted as a valid document by member countries of the Hague Convention. Getting an apostille will also make it easy to re-marry in the UK or overseas, conduct personal matters and other things that need a decree absolute, without the need for any further proof of divorce.

2. What Information is Required to Get a Decree Absolute Apostilled?

The decree absolute is required in its original form or as a scanned copy if it is being sent via email. The original document is preferred in most cases since many countries require it. Apart from the document itself, you will need to provide banking information, contact information, especially the mailing address. Other contact information like email address and phone number might also be required to contact you, in case of any query.

3. Why Would You Require an Apostille Decree Absolute?

Decree absolute is a legal document that proves that your marriage has been officially dissolved. This enables previously married couples to re-marry. The apostille on the decree absolute makes the document legal in other countries. An apostille on decree absolute enables a woman to revert to her maiden name and also allows the divorced individual to remarry in a foreign country.

Additional FAQs

The easiest way to get your decree absolute apostille in the UK is to enlist the services of an experienced and trusted firm like Rapid Legalisation Services. All you need to do is provide them with the original document or a scanned copy and the RLS team will do the needful and deliver the apostilled document to your doorstep.

The apostille certification is issued for all types of documents by the Foreign and Common Wealth Office (FCO) of the UK. However, undertaking this exercise on your own can be a tedious task. It is best to opt for legalisation services, such as those provided by Rapid Legalisation Services.

For most people getting a divorce for the first time, the first question is, “What does a decree nisi and decree absolute look like in the UK?” However, once you have obtained a decree absolute from the court, RLS can help you get an apostille in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Order the service online
Step 2: RLS will present the document to the FCO and get the apostille certificate
Step 3: The attested document will be delivered back to you.

The time taken to get the UK documents apostilled at the FCO largely depends on the type of service chosen. With RLS, you can opt for:

  • Same-day service
  • 2-day service

The cost of getting a decree absolute apostille varies, based on the service chosen.

  • Same-day service: £135 (FCO fee £75 + VAT £10)
  • Two-day service: £78 (FCO fee £30 + VAT £8).

While you can get copies made of the original document, the apostille will only be issued on the original decree absolute or its scanned copy. It is preferable to send the original document for the apostille stamp since most countries only accept the original.

Yes, the decree absolute apostille is accepted by all 60 member states of the Hague Convention and many other countries as well. If a country requires consular legalisation for a document, RLS also provides services for that.

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