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 legalised document which is recognized in over 90 countries, however please note that some countries require further legalization such as attestation by the corresponding embassy, which we also provide.
It is 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 criminal record check) certified by a solicitor or by a notary prior to us sending it to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for the Apostille certificate.