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:
La Route Du Port Elizabeth
Standard service costs are £30 per document and additionally, a while you wait service is available at a cost of £75 per document.
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 (email@example.com) 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.