Apostille certificate with Basic Disclosure applied

In 1961, the process for legalising documents for use abroad was abolished and replaced by a certificate of authenticity, the ‘Apostille’, under the Hague Convention.

Each Apostille is signed, dated, given a unique reference number and is registered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK.

To clarify, the ‘Apostille’ is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) certificate that is affixed with adhesive (by the FCO) to the back of the Basic Disclosure Certificate. It is then completed with an embossed stamp through the two documents and registered.

The result is – an official Apostille (legalised) document which is recognized in over 90 countries who signed or have since signed and become party to the Hague Convention.

Please note that some countries require further legalization, for example, attestation by the corresponding embassy, which we provide.

Below is an alphabetical list of over 90 countries that signed or have since signed and become party to the Hague Convention. The year after each country is the year the country signed and became party to the convention.

There are also many other countries which recognise an Apostille certificate. This requirement varies widely even within a given country, consequently it’s important for you to check the exact requirements of the authority, agent or employer in the country you are dealing with whether you need a document (e.g. a Basic Disclosure) certified by a solicitor or by a notary prior to us sending it to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for the Apostille certificate.




If you are an individual living in Scotland or overseas (including the Republic of Ireland) we can process a basic disclosure on your behalf.



Attestation is the process in which a document is authenticated to the required level so that another country will be happy to accept it is genuine.

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