What is legalisation?
In most cases the notary’s signature and seal will need to be certified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This certificate is known as an Apostille. FCO fees for each Apostille are currently £35.50, including postage fees. There is an express service, which currently costs £75 per document plus courier fees.
In some cases, the documents also need legalisation, which means they need to be sent to the consular section of the embassy of the relevant country for their stamp to be added. Fees for legalisation vary depending on the country, and sometimes the type of document.
Arranging for the Apostille and legalisation can take a few days. Additional verification of documents requiring legalisation, such as qualifications, may also be necessary.