Apostilles for birth certificates

We can issue an apostille on birth certificates from all United Kingdom countries. Certificates from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all accepted. There are two versions of the birth certificate that are used in the UK.


The long version – This document is an exact copy of the details held on the public register. It contains the date and place of birth, name given, gender, parent’s names (and maiden names where applicable), the fathers occupation, details of who registered the birth, date of registration and the registrars details.


The short version – this document is an extract of the full record, and normally contains the name, date of birth and gender of the person. It does not contain as much detail as a full version.


We can legalise either version. The choice is yours as to which document to send us. A general point of note (but not advice) is that most people send the full version to be issued with the apostille. However, we cannot make this decision for you.


Birth certificates are regularly issued with apostille certificates so that they can be used outside of the UK. The apostille is requested on a birth certificate for various reasons-

As proof of identity
To register the birth of a child in another country
To enable travel between countries
As proof of nationality
As proof of parental responsibility
As proof of age


Whatever the reason we can legalise your birth certificate in 3-4 working days.


If you need an official copy of the long version of your birth certificate then please contact the registry office where the birth was registered or contact the GRO. www.gro.gov.uk


Please note that we cannot issue an apostille on a photocopy of your certificate. All certificates must be genuine registry documents. Solicitor certified copies are NOT accepted for apostille.