Non-UK residents who set up a limited company in the UK are often required to have certain company incorporation documents legalised to verify their authenticity for use abroad. An Apostille Certificate must be obtained and attached to the relevant company document to state that it is authentic and can be used in another country.
This official authentication is provided by a Notary who certifies the document. An Apostille Certificate is then attached to the verified document by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This process ensures the documents will be accepted in all countries party to the 1961 Hague Convention.
It is often necessary to attach an Apostille Certificate to your company documents when opening a business bank account or opening a new branch of your business in a foreign country.
Our Apostille service can be used to legalise a range of company documents, including the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association, IN01 Form from Companies House and Certificate of Good Standing. If required, additional documents can be Apostilled on request.
Click ‘Order’ and complete the application form with details of the company formation documents you wish to have Apostilled.
Please note: Documents may take up to 14 days to be certified by the FCDO.
An Apostille Certificate is a form of authentication attached to official documents. Documents are certified by a solicitor before the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) attaches the Apostille Certificate to verify authenticity
This allows the documents to be used outside the UK.
You should only require Apostilled documents if you choose to open a business bank account outside the UK, or you want to open a new branch of your company overseas.
There is no limit to the number of documents you can have Apostilled at any one time. For the purposes of attaching an Apostille Certificate, we consider the Memorandum & Articles of Association to be one document. All other documents require a separate Apostille Certificate.
Following payment, we will certify your documents and send them to the FCDO for the Apostille Certificate to be attached.
Once your Apostilled documents are returned to us, we will forward them to you free of charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery or International Tracked and Signed service. Premium couriers such as DHL are also available at an additional charge.
Apostilled company documents are accepted in any of the 115 countries which are party to the 1961 Hague Convention. We are unable to advise if these documents will be accepted in any other country not party to the Convention.
The most common documents Apostilled tend to be those issued by Companies House, for example:
If you require any additional documents Apostilled, these can be requested during the applications process
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