About document legalisation

Document legalisation is required when a limited company needs to authenticate its existence and official documentation for an overseas authority.

This situation usually arises when a UK company wishes to open a non-UK business bank account or set up an overseas branch or office.

To do so, the company must apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to have the relevant documents ‘apostilled’.

How it works?

You can apply for document legalisation by completing our online application form. Formations Factory’s in-house notary will verify the authenticity of your company documents and send them to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The FCO will attach an Apostille Certificate to each document and return them to us within approximately 2 weeks. We will then forward your documents and certificates by recorded mail to any UK or overseas address of your choice.

What documents can be apostilled?

The most common company documents that require legalisation are:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Name Change
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Certificate of Good Standing

Additional documents can be Apostilled during the application process.

Where can I use the Apostille Certificates?

Apostille Certificates are accepted in all 105 countries that is party to the 1961 Hague Convention.