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Consular legalisation for India

Notarisation of documents for India

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legalisation required only.
(no further form of Consulate legalisation should in theory be required as India is a party to the Hague Convention of 05 October 1961).

However in practice notwithstanding that India has ratified the Hague Convention, some parties in India often still require legalisation from the Indian High Commission (IHC). Please check with the party in India to whom you are sending your documents to what their requirements are.

The IHC shall attest commercial/company documents only if the company in question is incorporated in the UK and if these documents are required by the instructing party in India to be attested by the High Commission.

Only commercial/company documents can be legalised via Agent. For any type of private documents, the holder must attend the consular section in person in order to sign the documentation in the presence of a Consular Officer and present his original passport.

For submission of commercial/company documents via Agent for attestation by the IHC, the following subordinate documents are required:

  • Miscellaneous Application Form dully filled in and signed by the applicant/representative of the company;
  • A request letter for the service on Company Letter Head with the seal of the company stamped on the Company Letter Head. The request letter should be duly signed by one of the Directors of the Company and should be accompanied by a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation in respect of the company duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office;
  • The document (s) to be attested in original along with a photocopy set of the original document (s). All commercial/company documents issued in the UK that require attestation should be duly notarised & Apostilled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • The commercial/company documents should be submitted along with the valid original passport and photocopy of the passport pages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company. If due to any reason, the original passport cannot be submitted, duly notarised copies of the passportpages containing personal particulars of one of the Directors of the Company should be submitted.


The turnaround time for legalisation of commercial documents is likely to be 4-5 working days from the date the documents are submitted. An appointment for submission must be booked in advance. The consular legalisation fee is £45.44 per commercial/company document PLUS special delivery postage return fee of £15.

High Commission of India
India House
London WC2B 4NA


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