The Legalisation Department of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is the authority that issues apostille stamps in the UK, for holders of UK degrees who seek recognition of their UK awards in their country of residence.
We only verify documents issued by British bodies that have official or recognised academic or professional status in the UK.
For further information on our verification services, please read our Code of practice.
- Submission of the original document(s) is a requirement. You should read and sign the Request form.
- We can only verify after we have confirmation of the authenticity of the original document from the issuing body. For this purpose, you may be asked to sign our Consent form.
- Verification normally takes 7–10 working days. If somebody else is collecting your document on your behalf, you should read and sign the Authorisation form.
Once this process has been completed you should refer to the legalisation office’s website for details on how to submit an application.