Apostille a hague convention in 3 easy steps.
In order to apostille a hague convention, 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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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 hague convention, please read below where we have the most common questions answered.
Section 1: Apostille Hague Convention
When a legal document is to be presented in a country apart from the one in which it was issued, there are some stipulations to prove that the document is genuine and legally valid for use in another countries. This led to the foundation of Hague Convention.
What is the Hague Convention?
Also known as the Hague Apostille Convention, or the Apostille treaty, the Hague Convention of 1961 abolished the requirement for legalisation for public documents for use in a foreign country. All member countries would now recognise an apostille certificate, granted by an authorised regulatory body,as legalisation of documents.
Why was the Hague Convention Held?
The Hague Convention of 1961 established that documents for use in another country would receive certification of authenticity via an apostille (French word for certification.) This would be similar to the notarisation of documents for domestic use. An apostille is a one-page certificate, validating a document to be genuine and legally valid for international use.
The convention was signed by all participating countries, who consented to the aforementioned treaty. As of 2018, there are 116 signatories or member countries, who accept foreign documents with an apostille. However, countries that are not members of the Hague Convention require an additional step of embassy document attestation to prove the authenticity of documents.
Section 2: General Queries about Apostille Hague Convention
1. What are Deemed to be Public Documents Under the Apostille Hague Convention?
Any kind of personal and professional document, used to prove the authenticity of the information provided by an individual for business and education purposes, is categorised as a public document. Examples of public documents are birth certificates, company registration certificates, marriage certificates, educational degrees, and diplomas, etc.
2. Which Countries are Signatories to the Hague Convention of 1961?
The following 116 countries are members/signatories of the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cape Verde
- China (Hong Kong)
- China (Macao)
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Kyrgyzstan
- Macao (China)
- Macedonia (FYR of)
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Republic of Moldova
- Russian Federation
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- South Africa
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
- United States of America (USA)
3. What are the Non-Hague Convention Countries?
There are 65 countries that are not a party to the Hague Convention apostille process:
- Burkina Faso
- Burma Myanmar
- Congo Republic
- Congo Democratic
- Ivory Coast
- Myanmar Burma
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
- UAE (United Arab Emirates)
4. Do My Documents Need an Apostille?
Look for two main checkpoints to ascertain whether a document is eligible for apostille:
- The country you are getting the documents apostilled for should be a party to the Hague Convention of 1961. Only these countries recognise the apostille. Other countries will ask for an additional step of embassy legalisation/attestation.
- The document should be official and can be used in its complete legal capacity, like banking and personal certificates, commercial deals and business transactions.
5. How is Document Legalisation Different from Document Apostille?
To authenticate documents for use in countries that are party to the Hague convention, an apostille is issued. The apostille stamp or certificate certifies that the document is legally valid, the signatures are authentic and the information is true. It also verifies that the notary that has certified the UK document is an active and valid government official.
Countries that are not signatories of the Hague Convention of 1961 need another step in the verification process. This involves legalisation or attestation by their embassy or consular office in the country that has issued the document.
6. What is Intercountry Adoption?
Many parents who live in the UK and wish to adopt a child from another country need to follow a certain procedure. Not doing so will be considered a criminal offence. The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was held in May 1993, wherein an international treaty was signed to protect the best interests of children, their birth parents and the adoptive parents involved in intercountry adoptions.
7. What Documents are Required for Applying for Intercountry Adoption Under the Hague Convention?
For the process of intercountry adoption, you will need to fill in certain adoption forms, establishing your credentials. This could require identity proof, address proof and proof that you are a resident of the country you say you live in. There could be home checks prior to the process progressing, to ensure that there is no risk of trafficking. Documents to be submitted might vary from country to country, although all documents will require authentication via an apostille certificate.
The time taken will depend on the type of service you choose. Rapid Legalisation Services (RLS) offers two service packages, making the process extremely quick:
- Apostille same-day service
- Apostille 2-day service
The cost of UK documents apostille by RLS depends on the service type chosen:
- Apostille Same–Day Service: £135 (FCO Fees £75 and VAT £10)
- Apostille 2-Day Service: £78 (FCO Fees £30 and VAT £8)
(Note: This is the price for the legalisation of one document.)