Victor Warner—Notary Public

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Landline

020 8892 0092

Mobile

07930 405 336

Email

victor@andnotary.eu

Address

49 Moor Mead Road
St Margarets
TW1 1JS

Obtaining apostilles and legalisation - costs via agent

If you ask me to arrange for your notarised document(s) to obtain apostille(s) or legalisation, the details on this page sets out how I do so.

Whether an apostille or legalisation is required, the first step is always that the document(s) go to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The costs involved below are for the first step.

If only an apostille is necessary then the first step is the only step. (To see whether you need an apostille or legalisation see this page.)

For the first step there is a 3 working day service and a same day service. These are detailed below. I normally use a legalisation agent whose business is in providing such a service (Blair Consular Services Limited).

First step - Obtaining the apostille/legalisation from the FCO

3 working day service

  1. Foreign and Commonwealth fee: £30 per a document.

  2. Agent’s fee: £12.00 to collect/return documents and then £12.00 per a document (above the agent charges £12 for each additional document, with discounts available if more than 5 documents), (How it works:

    1. the agent collects the document(s) from me on the first working day

    2. the agent takes the document(s) (i.e. hand delivers the documents) to the FCO on the second working day (in Milton Keynes)

    3. on the third working day the agent returns to FCO and collects the document(s), and then either returns the document(s) to me, to you or sends by courier to another country (but see Return of documents by the legalisation agent)

  3. My fee to arrange: £21.

  4. (if required) Deliver by courier overseas: £35 in central Europe; £45 to USA, South America, Africa, Arab countries and non-central Europe. UK: either post or bike charges.

See examples below.

Same day service

  1. Foreign and Commonwealth fee: £75 per a document.

  2. Agent’s fee: Normally £72 for the first document (the agent sometimes charges £10 for each additional document). The precise amounts depends on how many other jobs the agent is dealing with at the same time. (How it works:

    1. the agent collects the document(s) from me

    2. the agent takes the document(s) to the central London FCO office

    3. the agent waits at the FCO office until legalisation is done (usually 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes),

    4. after legalisation the agent returns the document(s) to me, to you (if you are in London) or sends by courier

  3. My fee to arrange: £21.

  4. (if required) Deliver by courier overseas: £35 in central Europe; £45 to USA, South America, Africa, Arab, and non-central Europe. UK: either post or bike charges.

  5. Note: for the same day service: Ideally, a document needing an apostille should arrive at the London FCO office no later than 2.30pm. If delivered much later, sometimes the FCO will not deal with the document until the next day.

Second step

The second step is that the document(s) will need to go to the destination country’s consulate. The cost and the time a consulate will take varies from country to country. Once I know the destination country I can let you know the cost and the time it will take. Most consulates are in central London. Generally, many take 2–3 days to legalise documents, a smaller number take around a week and fewer number still take longer (sometimes several weeks). For one or two countries, the consulate is not in England at all.

For some Arab countries the route to legalisation is different to the above, as documents sometimes need to go to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, then the Arab British Chamber of Office and then the countries consulate (although there are variations to this too).

 

Return of document(s) by the legalisation agent

For the 3 day service, our agent returns to the FCO office in Milton Keynes to collect the document(s). The time that they deliver the documents to me or to you (if you are located close to me) is usually in the late afternoon, usually sometime after 3pm. This can depend on a number of factors, including  

  1. the time at which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office release the document(s); and

  2. the amount of road traffic between Milton Keynes and London.  

If the documents are not released until late in the afternoon or the road traffic is bad it may not be possible deliver the document(s) by the end of the 3rd working day. Delivery make have to take place on the 4th working day. There are also the factors under Heath Warning which may delay return of the document(s). This is all means, unfortunately, it is never possible to guarantee a specific time when the document(s) will be delivered back (although the service is generally fairly reliable).

My Charge to Arrange

The amount I charge to arrange an apostille is a fixed fee, regardless of the number of documents that need an apostille or legalisation. £21 is the amount I charge if you are asking me to obtain apostille(s) or legalisation at the same time I providing notarial services. If you simply wish me to obtain apostille(s) or legalisation (and you are not asking me to provide any notarial services) then my charge is £42.

Examples of costs involved

  1. 1 notarised document requiring an apostille using the 3 working day service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
    1. Apostille: £30 +
    2. agent’s charge to collect and deliver document to me: £12 +
    3. agent’s charge to obtain apostille: £12 +
    4. my charge to arrange: £21
    5. total: £75.
  2. 2 notarised documents requiring apostilles using the 3 working day service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
    1. Apostilles: 2 x £30 = £60 +
    2. agent’s charge to collect and deliver document to me: £12 +
    3. agent’s charge to obtain apostille: 2 x £12 = £24 +
    4. my charge to arrange: £21
    5. total: £117.
  3. 1 notarised document requiring an apostille using the same day service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
    1. Apostilles: 1 x £75 = £75 +
    2. agent’s charge to collect and deliver document to me and to obtain the apostille: £72 (usually, sometimes more) +
    3. my charge to arrange: £21
    4. total: £168.

    Last updated: 6 July 2017