Legalised, Sworn and Certified Translations

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  • All types of legalisation and certification available

There is no system in the UK of "approved" or "sworn" translators and this can lead to confusion about legalising or certifying translation.  However, as a full member of both the Association of Translation Companies and Institute of Translation and Interpreting, we can provide certified translations, notarised translations and translations swearing on Affidavit, as well as providing sworn translations for use in other countries.

The most important thing to remember is to check with the relevant authority or person requesting the translation exactly what they require.  This can differ according to each requirement, requesting body or even between judges.

So what exactly is translation legalisation?  There are a few types which we outline below:

Certified Translation

This may also be known as a Statement of Truth and a Certificate of Accuracy. Once your document has been translated we will provide you with a letter on company letterhead confirming that your document has been translated by a qualified translator. The letter will then be stamped with the Association of Translation Companies stamp. This certifies that the document is a true and honest translation.  

Sworn Translation or Affidavit

A sworn translation may be necessary for official documents intended to be in a court of law or for official purposes. An affidavit is a statement in which it is testified that the attached translation is a true and accurate translation of the original document, this being sworn in front of a qualified solicitor.

Notarised Translations

Notarised Translations are often required for official documents and they are more formal than certified translations.  The translation will then be declared on oath and in writing before a Public Notary that the translated document is a true and accurate translation of the original document. The Notary will then sign and stamp the certifying letter and an Apostille (embossed seal and signature of official and date) will be attached to the document to acknowledge that it is a genuine document.  This is often requested for use abroad.

The Legalisation of a Translation by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can legalise a Sworn, Notarised or Apostille Translation. This may be required if your document is to be used abroad. Once the document has been legalised by the FCO the document can then be used abroad without further need to question its authenticity.  You will need to check with the country requiring the certified translation whether it needs to be legalised by FCO. You can legalise the Sworn or Notarised Translation yourself at the FCO or we can do it on your behalf.

Translation Sworn In- Country

Unlike in the UK, many countries have a system of sworn and approved translators and our global network of translators means we are able to provide you with a translation by an in- country sworn translator for any language and in any country in the world.

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