De Pinna has a great deal of experience in obtaining legalisation on its client’s behalf.
We can obtain:
- legalisation by “Apostille” at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO);
- legalisation at foreign Consulates, (Embassies and Diplomatic Missions) in the U.K.
One of our dedicated team of messengers attends the FCO or particular Consulate in person *. We do not outsource this work to third party agents.
Many countries have ratified the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961 on the legalisation of public documents. Documents for use in such countries only require legalisation by “Apostille” at the FCO.
De Pinna offers a two-tier service for obtaining an Apostille:
1) PREMIUM SERVICE – obtained from the Legalisation Office in Central London.
The FCO offers this “same day” service to which we have access as registered users. This means documents ready to be lodged by our messengers by early afternoon on any working day should be returned to us before close of business on the same day. The FCO currently charge £75 for each Apostille issued in Central London ;
2) STANDARD SERVICE - obtained from the Legalisation Office in Milton Keynes.
We can arrange legalisation by Apostille through the Milton Keynes Office within 3-5 working days. The FCO currently charge £30 for each Apostille issued in Milton Keynes Office.
For countries which have not ratified the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961, documents must be legalised at the Consulate of the country in question. For some countries it will still be necessary to first obtain an Apostille.
De Pinna is familiar with all the procedures which can be many and varied, and can obtain legalisation whatever the intended country of use.
*except where the particular consulate in question has a requirement for documents to be lodged by post.