The Apostille is a certificate of authenticity that, once attached to a document, means there is no need for any further authentication of the document when presented in another country.
In the UK, the Apostille is issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It is a small certificate affixed with adhesive to the back of the document that needs to be legalised, such as a criminal record check certificate. Each Apostille is signed, dated, stamped and given a unique reference number by the FCO.
The Apostille is recognised in over 90 countries but it is important for you to check the exact requirements of the organisation in the country you are dealing with, whether you need a document certified by a solicitor or by a notary prior to us sending it to the FCO for the Apostille certificate.
APCS can supply a UK Apostille Certificate for you, if:
1. You live in Scotland or overseas, and
2. You have applied for a basic criminal record check with us as an individual