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Solicitors Certifying Documents in London

There are a range of scenarios where the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (via a Local Authority (in the UK or abroad)) will request for a document to be certified by a solicitor. This is a service our team can provide on a same-day basis from £10+VAT per page.

To arrange an appointment with our solicitors for certifying documents in London, please contact us on 0203 959 9123. Please note that we do not accept walk-ins when certifying documents.

Documents may need to be certified for a number of different reasons. In addition to being a legal requirement for certain types of documents, certification may be required to:

  • Prove validity and authenticity
  • Prevent fraud
  • Provide international recognition

Certification will certainly be needed if a document that needs an official international stamp (known as an ‘apostille’) is simply a copy of the original. Without this certification, the FCDO will not be in a position to approve the document.

Please note that, as solicitors, we do not provide apostille services directly. We can, however, support you through the process of obtaining an apostille, explaining the requirements and ensuring that the appropriate documents are in proper order before they are submitted to the relevant authorities.

If you need a document to be apostilled, it is first advisable to check with the relevant government authority or dedicated apostille service provider to ensure that the correct processes are being followed.

Our solicitors have previously worked with a wide range of clients to certify documents, such as companies providing translation services and overseas clients, including American citizens. We are well placed to offer an efficient service, with our team being able to certify documents on a same day basis.

If you need to sign a statutory declaration, our solicitors will also be able to provide support in this area, acting as a witness where you need to make a formal statement to declare that the acts in a statement are true to your best knowledge. The presence of a solicitor, commissioner for oaths or notary public is a legal requirement for statutory declarations.

Whether working with original documents (or copies in specified cases), our solicitors will carry out a thorough process to complete the process swiftly and accurately. This may involve certifying an original or digital document, or witnessing a signature in order to authenticate it.

We are able to certify documents from £10+VAT per page.

Have a question about document certification services in London? Take a look at our answers to questions we have been asked.

Speak to our document certification solicitors in London now

To arrange an appointment with our solicitors for certifying documents in London, please contact us on 0203 959 9123. Please note that we do not accept walk-ins when certifying documents.

Document certification explained

How much does it cost for a solicitor to certify a document?

Our solicitors for certifying documents in London charge from £10+VAT per page.

How long does it take for a solicitor to certify a document?

Our solicitors will be able to certify a document on the same day as an appointment. Information on how to arrange an appointment with our team can be found below.

Note that the process may take longer if you have several documents. We will be able to advise you further during an appointment.

What documents will need to be certified?

All types of official documents can be certified. This includes, but is by no means limited to the following types of documents:

  • ID documents, driving licences, passports etc
  • All educational documents
  • Certificates of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership
  • Government, court & hospital letters
  • Utility bills and bank statements
  • Business and personal documents
  • Documents from UK Crown Dependencies
  • Translated documents
  • Professional qualifications
  • Criminal record checks
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Letters of Administration

The type of document will determine the reason for certification, as well as the need for the document to be original.

Witnessing a Will

A solicitor can provide essential services in certifying documents and witnessing Wills. At OTS Solicitors, we ensure the correct certification of your documents and the proper witnessing of your Wills, all in one place. This invaluable service is available at a cost of £50.00 + VAT per Will.

Do you work with overseas clients, including US citizens?

Yes, we are able to support overseas clients with document certification support, including US citizens. Simply get in touch with our solicitors to discuss how we can help you and to arrange an appointment.

Why choose OTS Solicitors to certify your documents?

At OTS Solicitors, we personally invest in our clients because we know how much getting the right outcome means for you and your future.

Our solicitors are highly capable, intelligent and commercially astute, providing you with the assurance that your document will be handled with the utmost care.

We are committed to keeping the document certification process as simple, smooth and seamless as possible for you. We charge a fixed fee of £10+VAT per page, which means you will know exactly how much it will cost to have a member of our team certify a document on your behalf.

Our ability to provide a same day service for certification ensures that you can handle the full process efficiently and with minimal fuss.

We have experience in working with clients from a range of backgrounds, including US citizens.

Speak to our document certification solicitors in London now

To arrange an appointment with our solicitors for certifying documents in London, please contact us on 0203 959 9123. Please note that we do not accept walk-ins when certifying documents.

Which embassies can the FCDO send certified documents to?

Once a document has been certified and sent to the FCDO, the apostille can be sent to you directly, or be sent to the following embassies:

  • Albanian Embassy
  • Algerian Consulate
  • Algerian Embassy
  • Armenian Embassy
  • Australian High Commission
  • Austrian Embassy
  • Bahamas High Commission
  • Bahrain Embassy
  • Bangladesh High Commission
  • Barbados High Commission
  • Belgian Embassy
  • Bolivian Consulate
  • Botswana High Commission
  • Botswana High Commission
  • Brazilian Embassy
  • Brunei Darrusalam Commission
  • Cameroon High Commission
  • Canadian High Commission
  • Chinese Embassy
  • Consulat De France
  • Consulate General Of Egypt
  • Consulate General Of Greece
  • Consulate General Of Panama
  • Consulate General Of The Kingdom Of Morocco
  • Consulate General Of The Republic Of Poland
  • Cypriot High Commission
  • Dominica High Commission
  • Ecuadorian Embassy
  • Embassy, Embassy For The Dominion Republic
  • Embassy For The Republic Of Cuba
  • Embassy For The Republic Of Equitorial Guinea
  • Embassy Of Belarus
  • Embassy Of Chile
  • Embassy Of El Salvador
  • Embassy Of Ethiopia
  • Embassy Of Fiji
  • Embassy Of Iceland
  • Embassy Of Israel
  • Embassy Of Latvia
  • Embassy Of Paraguay
  • Embassy Of Spain
  • Embassy Of Sweden
  • Embassy Of Switzerland
  • Embassy Of The Arab Republic
  • Embassy Of The Cote D’Ivoire
  • Embassy Of The Czech Republic
  • Embassy Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran
  • Embassy Of The Kingdom Of Bahrain
  • Embassy Of The Kingdom Of Morocco
  • Embassy Of The Kyrgyz Republic
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Croatia
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Hungary
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Korea
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Liberia
  • Embassy of the Republic Of Macedonia
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Mozambique
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Poland
  • Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Slovenia
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Uzbekistan
  • Embassy Of The Republic Of Yemen
  • Embassy Of The Russian Federation
  • Embassy Of The Slovak Republic
  • Embassy Of The State Of Eritrea
  • Embassy Of The State Of Qatar
  • Embassy Of The Sultanate Of Oman
  • Embassy Of The Syrian Arab Republic
  • Embassy Of The Union Of Myanmar
  • Embassy Of Ukraine, French Embassy
  • Gambia Embassy, Georgian Embassy
  • Ghana High Commission
  • Guyana High Commission
  • High Commission For Saint Lucia
  • High Commission For Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
  • High Commission For St. Christopher & Nevis
  • High Commission For The Republic Of South Africa
    High Commission Of The Maldives
  • High Commission Of The Republic Of Namibia
    Honduras Consulate, Irish Embassy
  • Italian Consulate
  • Italian Cultural Institute
  • Jamaican High Commission
  • Japanese Embassy
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Jordan Embassy
  • Kenya High Commission
  • Kingdom Of Swaziland High Commission
  • Korean Consulate, Kuwait Embassy
  • Lesotho High Commission
  • Luxembourg Embassy
  • Malaysian High Commission
  • Malaysian High Commission Student Department
  • Malta High Commission
  • Mauritius High Commission
  • Mexican Consulate
  • Mexican Embassy
  • Mongolian Embassy
  • New Zealand High Commission
  • Nigeria High Commission
  • Norwegian Embassy
  • Office Of The High Commissioner For India
    Papua New Guinea High Commission
  • Philippine Embassy
  • Philippines Tourism & Cultural Office
  • Portuguese Consulate
  • Qatar Embassy
  • Republic Of Azerbaijan Embassy
  • Romanian Cultural Institute
  • Royal Embassy Of Saudi Arabia
  • Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • Royal Thai Embassy (Consular Section)
  • Rwanda Embassy
  • Senegal Embassy
  • Sierra Leon
  • High Commission
  • Singapore Embassy
  • Tanzania House
  • The Afghanistan Embassy
  • The American Embassy
  • The Argentine Embassy
  • The Bulgarian Embassy
  • The Colombian Embassy
  • The Consulate Of Ukraine
  • The Embassy Of Finland
  • The Embassy Of Greece
  • The Embassy Of Guatemala
  • The Embassy Of Sudan
  • The Estonian Embassy
  • The German Embassy
  • The High Commission For Pakistan
  • The High Commission For Sri Lanka
  • The Indonesian Embassy
  • The Iranian Consulate
  • The Lebanese Consulate
  • The Lebanese Embassy
  • The Peruvian Embassy
  • The Romanian Embassy
  • The Royal Danish Embassy
  • The Royal Nepalese Embassy
  • The Royal Thai Embassy
  • The Spanish Consulate
  • The State Of Kuwait Embassy
  • The Tunisian Embassy
  • Tonga High Commission
  • Trinidad & Tobago High Commission
  • Turkish Consulate General
  • Turkish Embassy
  • Uganda High Commission
  • United Arab Emirates Embassy
  • Venezuelan Consulate
  • Venezuelan Embassy
  • Vietnam Embassy
  • Zambian High Commission
  • Zimbabwe High Commission

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