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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Legalisation of documents

​About legalisation

You can get certain official Jersey issued documents ‘legalised’ by asking the Legalisation Office to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a Jersey public official.

You may need to do this if an official in another country has asked you to provide a Jersey issued document and they’ve said it must be legalised.

The Legalisation Office will check the document, including whether the signature, stamp or seal is genuine. They’ll legalise the document by attaching a stamped official certificate (an ‘apostille’) to it.

You cannot get documents issued outside of Jersey legalised using this service, get them legalised in the country they were issued.

We don't hold the signature, stamp or seal of every local official, notary public, advocate or solicitor on file. Therefore we cannot guarantee that every document presented to us can be legalised.

Examples of documents that we frequently legalise

We frequently legalise documents like:

  • documents issued by a local registrar. For example, (Jersey issued birth, marriage, civil partnership or death certificates, certificate of no impediment). Photocopies are not acceptable
  • documents issued by a local notary public, advocate or solicitor. For example, (Jersey issued business documents, Power of Attorney, Certificate of Continuance, Statutory declaration)

How to get a document legalised

You must complete the form and make a payment. 

Request for legalisation of a document

Once complete you will be emailed a PDF. You will need to print this off and submit it together with the original documents. 

Return your request by either:

  • putting it in the post box outside the front of Maritime House
  • post the document(s) to:
    Maritime House
    La Route Du Port Elizabeth
    St Helier
    JE1 1JD


Standard service costs are £30 per document and additionally, a premium (same day) service is available at a cost of £75 per document.

Processing times

Standard service 

We aim to legalise a document under this service within one working day of receipt. Documents brought to our office will normally be ready for collection after 12pm on the next working day. We can also return your documents by post.

If you plan to submit more than 30 documents in one day under the standard service you must email the Passport Office before they are delivered. 

Larger amounts of documents may take 48 hours to legalise. Should this be the case you will be emailed to collect your documents after 12pm on the second working day.​

Premium service

If you're submitting documents to be legalised under this service then please observe the following steps:

  • advise the passport office by email ( of any documents being submitted for this service before they are delivered
  • you can only submit up to five documents for the premium service
  • all premium documents can be delivered to Maritime House before 12pm with the online request payment form
  • premium documents will be ready for collection at 2pm on the same day (unless otherwise advised by our office)
  • ensure your documents are in an envelope or folder clearly marked for the Legalisation Department
  • ensure that the envelope or folder is clearly marked with the individual or company responsible for collection
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