FCO Legalisation Service

 Legalisation is a document authentication process followed by governments around the world. If a person wants to use his locally issued documents in other countries, then authorities in foreign countries want them to be legalized before they are accepted. Every country has its own legalization requirements which depend upon the document that needs to be legalized and its purpose.


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Some of the documents that may require legalization are:

  • Certificates of Origin
  • Invoices
  • Export Documents
  • Business Contracts
  • Birth/Marriage Certificates
  • Adoption Papers
  • Power of Attorney
  • Education Certificates
  • Certificates of Free Sale
  • Medical Documents

Legalization involves multiple steps

In many cases, the document should be legalized by the Local authorities, UK government, and the destination country’s Embassy to be considered valid.

We shall guide you in getting Apostille services from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). According to British Embassies in various countries, utilizing the FCO legalisation services is the best way to get your documents legalized or get an official certificate which is stamped (an ‘apostille’) attached to it.

Helpline Group is a government approved agency with ISO 9001-2008 certification

Gulfline Group has branches spread all over the world. Established in 1998, Our Head Office is in Dubai.We have special clients in Kuwait and Middle east countries.With strong clients and presence in the countries (India,Kuwait,Middle East)

Our Services

We provide both Apostille and Embassy attestation services. Our Apostille services are only limited to Oman. But we provide a wide range of attestation services. Given below are different documents we offer attestation services. We also provide the supporting documents that are required for the completion of the attestation process.

Original Education Certificate  

Government Education Certificates

Marriage/Birth/Death Certificates

Experience Certificate

Apart from the attestation of the above documents that we focus upon, we also provide attestation services for other documents.

FCO Legalisation services include

The FCO legalisation services include consular services, legal services, and search services.

  • Consular Services: Include advice on travel and living abroad for ordinary and business travellers.
  • Legal Services: Legal services offered by FCO are the most important and include legalizing documents and issuing apostilles.

FCO- Legal Document search services

Search services offered by FCO, help people living overseas in searching and finding their birth certificates, death certificates, etc.

FCO guide to Legalisation of documents and procuring Apostille Certificates

FCO has the authority to legalize documents and issue an Apostille. Legalization of documents involves getting a certificate of genuineness from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the stamps and signatures in the document are authentic. On the other hand, issuance of an Apostille certificate exempts it from legalization and is accepted by all the signatories of the Apostille Treaty. In certain cases, a document needs to be both legalized and has an apostille certificate attached to it.

Guide to Utilizing FCO Legalisation from the UK

FCO legalisation service has a simple process to get the documents authenticated. It can be easily understood by every person and implemented.

Here is the guide to utilizing the legislation services offered by FCO.

  • Submit the documents which the FCO offers for legislation. Make sure to submit all the details required.
  • Check whether all the required paperwork is complete.
  • Make the requisite payments through business cheques, post orders, or online payment channels.
  • Download the application from the FCO website, fill it, and mail it to FCO along with the requisite documents.

License Registration

Businesses require various additional licenses that need to be obtained in a timeframe.


Member Countries of the Hague Convention

AlbaniaKoreaSwitzerlandOmanBelgiumGrenadaSan MarinoNew Zealand
AndorraDenmarkEl SalvadorSalvadorBelizeGeorgiaTurkeyCzech Republic
AntiguaDominicaLithuaniaUkraineBosniaHondurasNorwayYugoslav Republic
ArgentinaEcuadorLuxembourgMonacoBulgariaHungarySerbiaSaint Lucia Estonia
ArmeniaLatviaMalta LiberiaMauritiusBotswanaIcelandDominicaNorthern Ireland
AustraliaMalawiSouth AfricaSlovakiaBruneiIndiaPolandUnited Kingdom
AzerbaijanFijiSaint LuciaSloveniaChinaIrelandPanamaRussian Federation
AustriaFinlandMontenegroSpainIslandsIsraelPortugalMarshall Islands
BarbadosFranceSeychellesSurinameColombiaItalyRomaniaUnited State of America
BahamasGermanySaint VinceSwedenCroatiaJapanVenezuela 

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