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Apostille Stamp for Existing UK Documents

Apostille Stamp for Existing UK Documents
Apostille Stamp for Existing UK Documents

Service Notes

Notes for Ordering Online

Apostilles are required where an overseas authority needs to validate the authenticity of a certificate as having been legally produced in the UK. The Apostille will be added by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which includes a raised seal from their office. The Apostille is also serial numbered which can be used to validate the Apostille's authenticity.

We can legalise the following documents:

  • UK Birth Certificate
  • UK Marriage Certificate
  • UK Death Certificate
  • UK Adoption Certificate
  • UK Decree Absolute (Divorce Record)
  • Probate Letter of Administration
  • UK Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure
  • Notarised Power of Attorney

What happens when I order this service?

When you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email with your order reference. Our specialist team will personally check all of the information in your request. If there is any additional information required, or something needs clarification, we will get in touch as soon as possible.

Once the request information is ready, we will search the necessary archives in order to locate the correct record for you. We automatically cover a 5 year search each side of your given event date if required. Once the correct record is located, we will then request a duplicate certificate is issued and advise you via email that the request has been made.

As soon as the certificate is ready for dispatch, we will notify you that it's on its way. If you have requested a scan, we will email this to you at this point.

Paying for your order

Online

You can place your order online securely using all major creadit and debits cards, as well as PayPal.

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Over the phone

Give our team a call to place your order over the phone on 0330 088 1142. There is a 5 supplement per order if you wish to order a certificate in this way.

Via post

You can send an order form along with a Postal Order or Cheque drawn on an UK bank. Please ensure you include contact details should we have any queries.

Via bank transfer

If you'd prefer to place your order and make a bank transfer, this option is available during checkout. Please make sure you include your order number as a payment reference.

Shipping

All timescales shown on the website refer to how long it will take us to process your request and have the document issued. Upon completion, we will send your order by the method chosen when your order has been placed.

We use a range of methods to ensure secured delivery of your documents. These are determined by the country you live in as follows:

UK Deliveries

All deliveries to UK addresses, including The Channel Islands and the Isle of Mann, are sent using Royal Mail. Services available include Standard First Class, Royal Mailed Signed For and Royal Mail Special Delivery (1PM).

Overseas Deliveries

Services for deliveries overseas vary dependent on your location. For most countries including the EU, North America and Australia, we offer Standard Royal Mail International post. This is not a tracked or insured postal method. We do offer Royal Mail International Track And Sign for an additional cost, available globally except the Middle East. If you require your certificate quickly, or are based in the Middle East we do offer a global courier service via UPS and DHL.

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Failed Deliveries

If you have opted for a signed service and no-one is available to sign for the delivery, the package will be taken back to the local sorting office or depot and you will be left a card asking you to collect the item or arrange for a reattempted delivery at a convenient time.

Why choose Vital Certificates?

Guarantee

Zero risk with our 100% Guarantee

We guarantee that any certificate issued by us will be accepted by any UK And overseas authority.

Speed

Fast and convenient

If youre overseas and need a personal document from the UK, its much easier having us locate it for you.

Team

Industry leading staff

Our specialist team has years of experience in locating even the most difficult to find personal documents.

Update

Regular service updates

Real people will keep you up to date throughout your order process in a professional and timely manner.

Checking

Research assistance

Weve got an amazing track record of locating the correct document. Its not always easy to know where to start.

ISO 9001

ISO Approved

Were serious about customer service. We are ISO Approved so you know we care about each and every order.

This page is for requesting an Apostille to be added to an existing certificate. If you want to order a replacement document, with the Apostille, then simply go to the relevant certificate order page and add the required Apostille option. To order the certificate you require, choose one of the category links on the left-hand side of this page.

The Standard Service will provide the Apostille process completed within 10 working days and then sent back to you. (If you require a faster service please select either Express or Urgent service). We offer a range of delivery options to return your document to you wherever you live. Please note that whilst we do offer free standard delivery, we would strongly advise you to choose any of the at-cost delivery options as we cannot be held reliable for lost shipments where the item cannot be tracked.

Which country is the Apostille needed for?

Service Fee:  £50.00

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Guidance Notes

  • Note 1 - Birth, Marriage, Death & Adoption certificates must be original certified copies. We cannot legalise photocopies certified by a solicitor or Notary Public
  • Note 2 - Birth Certificates are advised to be the Long-Form version if the document is to support any legal or official purpose as Short-Form certificates are rarely accepted by any authority
  • Note 3 - Deed Poll change of name documents require certification by a UK solicitor or Notary Public before being legalised. If you have yet to arrange this certification, we can arrange this on your behalf. Simply choose the 'Non-Certified Deed Poll' option above
  • Note 4 - Power of Attorney documents must be countersigned by a Notary Public (not a solicitor) before being legalised
  • Note 5 - Original Passports cannot be Apostilled directly. A photocopy of the photo and details page must be supplied that has been certified by a practising UK notary or solicitor. Please do not send us your original passport.
  • Note 6 - Documents issued by Companies House can be legalised directly only if they have been signed by an officer of Companies House. If the document has not been signed, a Statutory Declaration will be required prior to legalisation. In this case, choose the "Unsigned Companies House Document" option. 

Other Information

Whilst Vital Certificates specialises in the supply and legalisation personal documents, we can of course arrange to legalise any UK-issued official document. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Service Notes

Notes for Ordering Online

Apostilles are required where an overseas authority needs to validate the authenticity of a certificate as having been legally produced in the UK. The Apostille will be added by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, which includes a raised seal from their office. The Apostille is also serial numbered which can be used to validate the Apostille's authenticity.

We can legalise the following documents:

  • UK Birth Certificate
  • UK Marriage Certificate
  • UK Death Certificate
  • UK Adoption Certificate
  • UK Decree Absolute (Divorce Record)
  • Probate Letter of Administration
  • UK Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure
  • Notarised Power of Attorney

What happens when I order this service?

When you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email with your order reference. Our specialist team will personally check all of the information in your request. If there is any additional information required, or something needs clarification, we will get in touch as soon as possible.

Once the request information is ready, we will search the necessary archives in order to locate the correct record for you. We automatically cover a 5 year search each side of your given event date if required. Once the correct record is located, we will then request a duplicate certificate is issued and advise you via email that the request has been made.

As soon as the certificate is ready for dispatch, we will notify you that it's on its way. If you have requested a scan, we will email this to you at this point.

Paying for your order

Online

You can place your order online securely using all major creadit and debits cards, as well as PayPal.

opayo logo

Over the phone

Give our team a call to place your order over the phone on 0330 088 1142. There is a 5 supplement per order if you wish to order a certificate in this way.

Via post

You can send an order form along with a Postal Order or Cheque drawn on an UK bank. Please ensure you include contact details should we have any queries.

Via bank transfer

If you'd prefer to place your order and make a bank transfer, this option is available during checkout. Please make sure you include your order number as a payment reference.

Shipping

All timescales shown on the website refer to how long it will take us to process your request and have the document issued. Upon completion, we will send your order by the method chosen when your order has been placed.

We use a range of methods to ensure secured delivery of your documents. These are determined by the country you live in as follows:

UK Deliveries

All deliveries to UK addresses, including The Channel Islands and the Isle of Mann, are sent using Royal Mail. Services available include Standard First Class, Royal Mailed Signed For and Royal Mail Special Delivery (1PM).

Overseas Deliveries

Services for deliveries overseas vary dependent on your location. For most countries including the EU, North America and Australia, we offer Standard Royal Mail International post. This is not a tracked or insured postal method. We do offer Royal Mail International Track And Sign for an additional cost, available globally except the Middle East. If you require your certificate quickly, or are based in the Middle East we do offer a global courier service via UPS and DHL.

UPS & DHL

Failed Deliveries

If you have opted for a signed service and no-one is available to sign for the delivery, the package will be taken back to the local sorting office or depot and you will be left a card asking you to collect the item or arrange for a reattempted delivery at a convenient time.

Why choose Vital Certificates?

Guarantee

Zero risk with our 100% Guarantee

We guarantee that any certificate issued by us will be accepted by any UK And overseas authority.

Price

Fast and convenient

If youre overseas and need a personal document from the UK, its much easier having us locate it for you.

Team

Industry leading staff

Our specialist team has years of experience in locating even the most difficult to find personal documents.

Update

Regular service updates

Real people will keep you up to date throughout your order process in a professional and timely manner.

Checking

Research assistance

Weve got an amazing track record of locating the correct document. Its not always easy to know where to start.

ISO 9001

ISO Approved

Were serious about customer service. We are ISO Approved so you know we care about each and every order.