Children born in the UK may need to have the birth registered or recognised in another country. This may require a UK birth certificate being legalised with a Hague Apostille.
Our all inclusive service ensures that UK birth certificates are correctly issued with the apostille and returned to you in just a few days.
When a UK birth certificate has been issued with an apostille certificate it should be accepted internationally by other countries that are members of The Hague Convention. If you are submitting a birth certificate to an embassy in London, they may request that you provide a translation of the document. We offer both apostille and translation services.
To order an apostille for a birth certificate please print the order form available on our how to order page. Alternatively you can order online.
You may be asked to obtain an apostille on a birth certificate to prove either your identity or the identity of a child. Whenever possible we recommend you obtain the apostille on the long version of your birth certificate. This is the document the details the names of the parents. It is typically green or red in colour, but other versions do exist especially in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It is occasionally necessary for a couple to have a marriage certificate or copies of passports also issued with an apostille when registering a birth outside the UK.
Another example of when a birth certificate needs the apostille is to register a birth abroad-
Many EU citizens have moved to the UK over recent years. A couple may have a child born in the UK but they choose to register the birth in another European country to obtain dual nationality. This may require an apostille on the child’s UK birth certificate and may also require an apostille on other documents.
This is only a guide and the EU is used as an example only. We can assist you in obtaining an apostille for all countries where a UK birth needs to be registered. If you are registering a UK birth outside of the UK we suggest that you contact the countries relevant government office to ascertain which documents will need the apostille certificate.
Download the apostille order form HERE