The Home Office has announced that it will issue electronic Apostilles for documents issued in the U.K.

Key Points:

  • Under a change that took effect Sept. 2, U.K. authorities are now accepting documents digitally and will issue electronic “e-Apostille” certificates.
  • To receive an e-Apostille certificate, applicants must upload signed documents using Advanced Electronic Signature or a Qualified Electronic Signature through this website.
  • Individuals still have the option to apply for a paper Apostille through post or courier services.

BAL Analysis: Before U.K. authorities offered electronic Apostilles, applicants were required to send their physical documents to the U.K. Legalization Office by post or courier for their documents to be legalized. U.K. authorities have made the electronic service available in order to simplify the Apostille process, making it cheaper, quicker and more efficient for those needing legalized documents.

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