Apostille a driving license in 3 easy steps.
In order to apostille a driving license, 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
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For more information about Apostilling a driving license, please read below where we have the most common questions answered.
Section 1: Driving License Apostille
If you are 17 or older, you are eligible to apply for a provisional driving license in the UK. You need to take driving lessons and pass the theory and driving test to be eligible for a full driving license, issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
If you are planning to drive in another country, you need to legalise your UK driving license. This can be done by getting an apostille certificate attached to your UK driving licence. The Apostille stamp is an official certificate issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK and authorises your driving license for use both within and outside the UK, especially in any of the member states of the Hague Convention.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents is an international treaty, signed by 115 countries. The Apostille driving license attestation confirms and validates that your driving license is genuine and is valid for use in another country, which is a member of the Hague Convention.
Section 2: General Queries about Apostilled Driving License
1. Why is an Apostille Required on a Driving License?
You may have applied for and obtained a valid driving license in the UK. But, if you wish to drive in another country, you require a document that is recognised as legal in that country. The apostille on the driving license verifies that your driving license is genuine and was issued by the DVLA in the UK. This authorises you to rent or buy a car in another country too.
2. What Information is Required to Get Your Driving License Apostilled?
To obtain an apostille for your driving license, you need to apply with the FCO in London. However, this could be a tedious task. The easiest thing to do would be to enlist the services of an experienced and trusted legalisation services provider, like Rapid Legalisation Services (RLS). For this, you need to submit:
- A scanned copy of your driving license (both sides) or the original driving license. If you are only submitting the scanned copy, you can attach it along with your order form and email it. If submitting the original, you can send it to their official postal address.
- Contact details, including your mobile number, email address, and current address, in case you need to be contacted at any point.
- The country for which you want your driving license apostilled for use. It can be any one of the 115 member countries.
- Your postal address to send the apostilled document back to you.
3. For What Situations Will I Require an Apostille Driving License?
If you plan to reside overseas for work or education, and you intend to use your driving license issued in the UK, you require the Apostille stamp of verification on your driving license. If you are planning an overseas trip, and wish to rent a vehicle in the country you are visiting, you require the Apostille stamp on your driving license to be eligible to drive.
The Apostille stamp authenticates and validates your driving license for use in an overseas country. Alternatively, the Apostille notarised driving license also acts as an ID or address proof during your stay in an overseas country.
4. How to Apostille a Driving License in the UK?
With RLS, you can complete the Apostille driving license attestation in London and the rest of UK, in three simple steps.
Step 1 – Complete the online application form, choose your package and pay the fees to start the Apostille online driving license attestation process.
Step 2 – Send the scanned copy or mail the original copy of your driving license to RLS, to complete the Apostille attestation.
Step 3 – RLS delivers the Apostilled driving license back to you, on the same day or within two days, based on the package you have chosen.
Apostille certification of all legal documents like your driving license is handled by the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) of the UK government. Approaching the FCO on your own for the apostille of your driving license is a tedious and time-consuming task. The best approach is to hire the services of a trusted legalisation service provider, like Rapid Legalisation Services, who will take care of the entire process for you.
According to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961, signed by 115 member countries, the Apostille stamp for legal documents is issued only by authorised agencies in each member country. In the UK, the FCO is in charge of issuing the apostille for driving licenses and other legal documents. You can hire the services of RLS, to validate your driving license with an apostille stamp.
The time taken to get a driving license apostille in the UK largely depends on the type of service chosen. With RLS, you can opt for:
- Same-day service
- 2-day service
The cost driving license attestation is based on the service type chosen:
- Same-day service: £135 (FCO fee £75 + VAT £10)
- Two-day service: £78 (FCO fee £30 + VAT £8).