What is notarisation:
Notarisation is a very serious process. Parties and officials in other countries rely on a notary’s confirmation that documents are genuine and have been signed by the right people. The law therefore requires that the notary makes careful identity checks before proceeding. When you visit the notary bring with you your passport or other official photo ID (e.g. both parts of a full UK driving licence) and two forms of official confirmation of your residential address such as bank statements and utility bills.
What is legalisation:
For some legal documents to be effective outside the United Kingdom, they must be ‘legalised’. Legalisation is the official confirmation that the signature, seal and stamp of the notary is that of a genuine, practising UK notary public. Stage one involves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): they verify the notary’s signature and attach an ‘Apostille’ to your document or to the Notarial Cover Sheet prepared by the notary. Stage two: some countries require a further verification process from their embassies or consulates. Your local MyNotary notary can do all this for you, just ask. List of Documents that may be Legalised
If the document is not in English, the Notary can still certify it if he or she is satisfied that you fully understand the nature of the legally binding document about to be notarised. Some foreign language documents can be legalised; your MyNotary notary will be able to advise. Your MyNotary notary can also arrange translation if necessary