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An Apostille is a legalisation stamp issued according to the Apostille Convention, which is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. This treaty specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.
State authorities only accept documents from a foreign country if an authority recognized by them has confirmed that the signature on the original document is authentic. The signatories of the Apostille Convention have agreed to accept each other’s documents as long as they are provided with an Apostille stamp.

Who can issue an Apostille?
Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention. A list of these authorities is maintained by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Examples of designated authorities are embassies, ministries, courts or (local) governments. In the United Kingdom, all apostilles are issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In Turkey they are issued by the district or province governors (Kaymakamlık, Valilik) for administrative documents. Court documents are apostilled by the Adli Yargı Adalet Komisyonu (justice committee) attached to Ağır Ceza Mahkemeleri (assize courts).

Which documents can be apostilled?
To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be issued or certified by an officer recognised by the authority that will issue the apostille. Four types of documents are mentioned in the convention:

court documents
administrative documents (e.g. civil status documents)
notarial acts
official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity, such as official certificates recording the registration of a document or the fact that it was in existence on a certain date and official and notarial authentications of signatures.

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What happens if my document is from a country that is not party to the Apostille Convention?
A State that has not signed the Convention must specify how foreign legal documents can be certified for its use. Two countries may have a special convention on the recognition of each other's public documents, but in practice this is infrequent. Otherwise, the document must be certified by the foreign ministry of the country in which the document originated, and then by the foreign ministry of the government of the state in which the document will be used; one of the certifications will often be performed at an embassy or consulate. In practice this means the document must be certified twice before it can have legal effect in the receiving country.

To find out whether your country is a signatory of the Apostille Convention click:

How do I get my document apostilled?
The apostille stamp is always affixed in the country where the document was issued. So if you are in Turkey and the Turkish authority require your birth certificate, police record check or power of attorney issued abroad with an apostille stamp, you will necessarily have to take it back to its country of origin.
Many countries offer an online legalisation service, so you are not obliged to take the next plane back to your country.

Obtaining an apostille from the UK online
To use the service you’ll need:

the documents you want to legalise
a credit or debit card for payment
the address you want your documents returned to
access to a printer (to print out your application form)

What is costs:
The legalisation service costs £30 per document, plus courier fees or postage. If you have your document sent to an address in the UK, the fee is £5.50, to most European countries £14.50 and £25.00 to the rest of the world (including Turkey).

How long it takes:
It normally takes 2 working days to process your documents using the standard service, plus courier or postage time. Applications during peak periods around Easter and summer can take up to 10 days.

Address and contact:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hanslope Park, Hanslope, Milton Keynes MK10 1XX, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 370 000 2244
E-mail address:

Please note: Even if your document is also in Turkish language (bilingual or multilingual) the apostille stamp will have to be translated and notarised in Turkey.

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