The UK birth certificate is a proof of identity document that allows UK nationals to undertake official business in other countries. It is a document necessary in almost all visa applications, business dealings, drafting of legal contracts for use in foreign courts, the purchase of properties abroad, and other similar circumstances.
Birth certificates issued in the United Kingdom require document legalization from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. According to it, the apostille on a birth certificate in London, the seal and signatures on the document are authorized by a recognized UK official body, legal practitioner, or a representative of a government body. All member countries of the 1961 Hague Convention recognize this stamp.
Our UK notary will check that all of your documents are in the correct format, have been certified by a solicitor if necessary, and have been filed to the appropriate offices as well as carefully collected when they have been legalized. In addition, our knowledgeable staff will ensure that your documents are safely returned to you, either personally or via courier.
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How the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regulates in the UK
The process of having an apostille birth certificate in London granted by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office is known as legalization (FCO). The apostille legalization of a birth certificate document verifies the authenticity of the issuing authority’s signature, seal, or stamp in the United Kingdom. Because the United Kingdom is a signatory to the 1961 Hague Convention, public documentation with the FCO apostille stamp is recognized by all Hague Convention signatory countries without consular legalization. However, suppose the destination country is not a signatory to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention. In that case, the birth certificate must be legalized by the appropriate embassy in London after the FCO has stamped it.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not issue apostilled birth certificates in London without verification and attestation by a UK notary public or solicitor. So, in such a case, you can rely on the validation and attestation of your documents by our notary in London. Our expert team members can provide you with fast services regarding apostilles on birth certificates in London and help you identify if there is any chance of counterfeiting in the paperwork.
The original birth certificate, which was issued at the time of birth registration, will be apostille-ed by the FCO. An authentic certified copy or a replacement copy from the General Register Office (GRO) can also be submitted. Photocopies of the document, even if certified by a notary public in London or solicitor, will not be accepted. For legalization, we propose that you provide the original form of the birth certificate document. There are chances to apostille birth certificates in London on the same day of application. So, you are welcome to get in touch with our skilled team members located at the notary public in London for their apostille services.
In addition to this, if you need apostille services at Canary Wharf, you can also interact with our skilled team members located there.
How may our London notary public assist you?
Our team members can apostille birth certificates in London to be used outside of the UK. They will send them to the London legalization office right after notarization, providing you with a quick legalization service.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will stamp your document with an apostille stamp, confirming that our notary is qualified to notarize it. Some documents issued in the United Kingdom, such as marriage certificates and birth certificates, can be apostilled without previously being notarized.
If you are confused about selecting a certified notary public, our team members can help you because the notaries must fulfill the eligibility criteria for apostilling the documents.
A decline in UK birth rate
The related authorities might be receiving fewer applications for apostilling birth certificates, as there has been a constant decline in the birth rate of the UK. Please find below the reduction in the UK birth rate from 2017 to 2020:
- In 2020, the birth rate in the United Kingdom was 11.433 per 1000 inhabitants, dropping to 0.48 percent from 2019;
- In 2019, the birth rate in the United Kingdom was 11.488 births per 1000 people, down to 0.48 percent from 2018;
- In 2018, the birth rate in the United Kingdom was 11.543 births per 1000 people, decreasing to 1.54 percent from 2017.
Contact our notary if you want to apostille a birth certificate in London. Their efficient services can save your time and energy.
Further, if you are interested to learn the process of obtaining a notary affidavit, you can consult with our team members. They can provide you with comprehensive guidance in this regard.