What is an Apostille?
It is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries other than the UK.
The Notarisation of Documents is usually done by a UK Solicitor, this confirms that the documents included in the Apostille are a true copy of the originals.
To Apostille a document a Notary will apply a seal and sign the documents. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will then attach an apostille to the documents, this confirms that the Notary’s signature and seal has been certified.
Why use an Apostille?
Once a document has had an Apostille attached the authenticity of the signatures and seals on the documents will be confirmed. The documents can then be presented to any country which recognises the Apostille.
The receiving party (could be an individual, business or government body) should then accept the signatures or seals, which will allow your documents to be treated as genuine documents without further evidence or proof required.
What can be included in my Apostille?
You can apply for 1 document to be apostilled or you can include several documents, including:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Memorandum and Articles of Association
- Certificate of Good Standing
- Current Appointments Report
- And many more!
You can include as many documents as you like, the charge will not increase.
When you are in the process of placing your order you are able to indicate what documents you would like to be included.
What is Chinese Embassy?
To allow a document to be accepted in the People’s Republic of China you will be required to have the documents Apostilled and then legalised in the Chinese Embassy.
To allow the document to be legalised in the Chinese Embassy you must ensure that ‘Hong Kong’ or ‘Taiwan’ are not mentioned on any of the documents.
If you would like to order Apostilled documents to be legalised in the Chinese Embassy, please order this service from our UK Additional Services