What is Legalisation?

Legalisation is the authentication by the embassy or consulate, located in the country of the Notary Public, of the country in which the document is to be used, i.e. the official attestation of the origins of a document.

For recipient country which is not a party to the Apostille Convention, the recipient may require the notarised document with the Notarial Certificate and Apostille to be legalised. You should always check with your recipient on his requirements.

Therefore, for example, a document executed in Singapore for use in China would be legalised by the China Embassy in Singapore. The formality of legalisation is also known in the United States and some other countries as “consularisation”.

Before approaching our Notary Public, you should first approach the embassy or consulate in Singapore on its procedures for legalisation, as each has its own rules and procedures.