You’ll need to turn your degree certificate into a legal document, if an official institution has asked for your degree to be an official document from the UK.

Your degree certificate becomes a legal document from the UK once there is an Apostille stamp attached to it.

What is an Apostille stamp?
The Apostle stamp is a stamped official certificate that accompanies a degree certificate. This allows it to be recognised as a legalised document from the UK.  When a document is legalised, this confirms that the signature, seal and stamp on a document is genuine.

How do I turn my degree into a legal document?

  1. Complete an application to legalise your document with the Legislation Office
When making an application, you’ll need the following:
  • The documents you want to legalise
  • A credit or debit card
  • The full address that you want your documents returned to
  • Access to a printer
  1. The Legalisation Office will check the document to check whether the signature, stamp and seal are genuine.
  2. Once they have confirmed that the signature, stamp and seal are authentic, they will attach an apostille to the document, in which the document will therefore become legalised.

You can find out more information about how to apply, and the cost of legalising your documents on the on the UK government website Get your document legalised.

Important to know: The Apostille stamp is not supplied by the university and it is not required for purposes of UK documents within the UK.