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Legalisation of documents

About legalisation

Legalisation is the official confirmation to prove that a locally issued document is genuine. This will be in the form of a signature, seal,​ or stamp from one of the following:

  • government official
  • notary public
  • Advocate or Solicitor

We can legalise documents but we can't translate them.

We also can't ensure that the contents are accurate.

How to get a document legalised

You must complete the form and make payment:

Request for legalisation of a document

Once complete you will be emailed a PDF, please print this off and submit together with the original document(s). 

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

Fees​

Standard service costs are £30 per document and additionally, a while you wait service is available at a cost of £75 per document.

You can pay by cash, cheque (payable to 'Treasurer of the States'), debit or credit card. ​There is an extra £1 fee for credit card payments.

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 12:00pm on the next working day. We can also return your documents by post.

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 (passports@gov.je) 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 / folder clearly marked for the Legalisation Department
  • ensure that the envelope / folder is clearly marked with the individual or company responsible for collection

Examples of documents that we frequently legalise

We frequently legalise documents like:

  • personal documents relating to: birth, education, marriage or death
  • business documents including: certificates of incorporation and memorandum and articles of association and powers of attorney

For overseas weddings, different countries have their own requirements, so check carefully and well in advance.

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