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Additional services for overseas customers forming Companies in the UK

If you are asked to produce legal document outside the UK you are required, under the Hague Convention, to produce an Apostille. An Apostille certificate authenticates the signature of the UK public official who has signed a document you hold and deems the document to be a legal entity. The Apostille certificate is attached to the original document and is dated, numbered and registered. Whilst the Apostille is a recognised certificate for member states of the Hague Convention, many countries that are not members recognise the authentication of the Apostille.

Information on Legalisation (Apostille)

Purpose: The Hague convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another. Documents issued in a Convention country which have been certified by a Convention Apostille are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without any further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of any country in the convention to the other countries party to the Convention and the federal courts and state authorities have been alerted to this obligation. Consular officers in Convention countries are prohibited from placing a certification over the Convention Apostille.

Information on Certificate of Good Standing

A Certificate of Good Standing is a document issued by The Registrar of Companies and may be required to authenticate the existence of the company and provide evidence of the officers. They are often used where a UK company needs to be registered or to trade outside the UK.

A Certificate of Good Standing confirms the company name, company number and date of incorporation and it certifies that the company has been in continuous and unbroken existence since the date of its incorporation. It also states that no action is currently being taken by the Registrar of Companies for striking the company off the register and dissolving it as defunct, and as far as the Registrar is aware, the company is not in liquidation or subject to an administration order, and no receiver or manager of the company’s property has been appointed. This certificate will not be issued if the company is not up to date with the filing of confirmation statements and accounts.

Details of the Registered Office address, name of Directors and Secretary can be added on request. We will order the certificate with this extra information unless you indicate OTHERWISE in the Extra Information Box in the checkout.

Due to Changes brought in by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act on 30th June 2016, Companies House are no longer be able to issue certificates with information on shareholders, shareholdings and statement of capital.

What are Public / Official Documents?

For Convention purposes, public documents include:

  1. Documents emanating from an authority or an official connected with the courts or tribunals of the state, including those emanating from a public prosecutor, a clerk of court or a process server
  2. Administrative documents
  3. Notarial acts
  4. Official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentication of signatures.

In general @UKPLC Company Registrations will provide legalisation of Certificates of Incorporation for the fees below.


These vary from country to country. In the United Kingdom legalisation is carried out by the Legalisation department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Our procedure is as follows.

  1. A certified copy of the document is created by a Solicitor or Notary. 
  2. It is sent or delivered for standard/express service to the Legalisation department.
  3. The document and Apostille are collected or returned from the Legalisation department.
  4. We send you the document and its Apostille certificate.

Additional Information

Hague Convention Apostille Authentication Certificate

If you have a document which you want legalized for use in another Convention country, the Convention certification called an Apostille must be affixed to the document by a competent authority. The Apostille is a pre-printed form prescribed by the Convention.

The Apostille consists of the following:

  1. name of country from which the document emanates
  2. name of person signing the document
  3. the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted
  4. in the case of unsigned documents, the name of the authority which has affixed the seal or stamp
  5. place of certification
  6. date of certification
  7. the authority issuing the certificate
  8. number of certificate
  9. seal or stamp of authority issuing certificate
  10. signature of authority issuing certificate

Apostille - Postal Service £96.00

5-10 day processing time for posting and receiving your documents to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. You also need to choose a delivery option.

Apostille - Express Service £300.00

Express Legalisation service by Foreign and Commonwealth Office for documents that urgently need authentication. The price includes delivery by first class post or airmail unless you select courier delivery at an extra charge.

Companies House Certificate of Good Standing - Apostilled £144.00

Certificate of Good Standing of Company from Companies House WITH APOSTILLE ATTACHED. In addition to Company name, number, date of incorporation and registered office address, this will show Name of Directors and Secretary and Authorised Share Capital.

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