Documents generally have to be “legalised” when they have to be used and recognised abroad. This is most likely to apply to a Deed Poll when people are getting married abroad, or when foreign nationals who are living in the UK want subsequently to change the name in their foreign passport. “Legalisation” has to be carried out by the Foreign Office and they will only do so if the document has either been witnessed by a solicitor or notary public, or “certified”.
A “certified” copy is a photocopy of an original (or duplicate, if you order from us) that has been “certified” as a true copy of the original, by a solicitor, notary public, Commissioner for Oaths or Justice of the Peace. These will all charge a fee for “certifying” a Deed Poll, but the fees vary. A solicitor will generally charge between £5 and £15 to “certify” a document like a Deed Poll; a notary public will generally charge more.
For more information about legalisation, certification and execution of your Deed Poll, please go to the Deed Poll Information list at the top left of this page, and click on “Certified/Legalised/Duplicate Copies” and “Marriage”.