Guidelines for Attestation of Documents
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I. Attestation of Documents issued by UK authorities.

Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.(or any other document falling within the purview of the Hague 'Apostille' Convention of 1961) issued by authorities in UK need to be apostilled by the competent authorities in UK(for details, please visit UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office web link: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised)if they are to be presented before the authorities in India and no further attestation or legalization of such apostilled documents by the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh is required.

II. Attestation of Documents issued by Indian Authorities:

Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc. issued by authorities in India need to be apostilled in India(for details, please visit Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India web link:http://www.mea.gov.in/legalization-of-documents.htm) if they are to be presented before the authorities in the UK or before the authorities of the countries that are members of the Hague 'Apostille' Convention of 1961, and no further attestation or legalization of such apostilled documents by the High Commission of India in London or its Consulates in Birmingham or Edinburgh is required.

However, the Consulate can counter attest a document that has been attested by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India or by any of the MEA’s authorized Branch Secretariats in India if the document in question is to be presented before the Missions/ Posts (in the United Kingdom) of countries, which are not members of the Hague ‘Apostille’ Convention of 1961 and where apostille is not accepted.

For this service, applicants can apply in person only.

Documents to be attached:

  1. The original document (s) to be attested along with a self-attested photocopy set of the original document (s).
  2. Miscellaneous Application Form dully filled in and signed by the applicant with one photograph.
    1. In case of Indian Passport Holders: Valid passport in original and self-attested copies of first two and last two pages of the passport and the page (s) containing passport officer's observation (s) (if any).
    2. In case of Other Passport Holders: Valid passport in original and self-attested copies of the passport pages containing personal particulars of the passport holder.
  3. Proof of Residence: Any of the following self-attested documents viz. copy of utility bill (landline telephone bill/electricity bill/gas bill/water bill) or Driving License or lease deed (of residence) etc. where the applicant’s UK address is clearly mentioned, should be provided.
  4. Visa Status: Self-attested copy of passport page/UK Residence Permit Card showing the visa status should be enclosed.
  5. Fee of £10 (payable by cash only ).
  6.  Processing Time: 2 Working Days

Note: The above are the general mandatory requirements. The applicant may be advised to submit some more documents, after scrutiny of the application and documents at the Consular Section, on case to case basis.