ACRO-CRB-Police-Checks Documents Legalisation in London, UK

What is an ACRO-CRB-Police-Check?

ACRO is the UK Criminal Records Office, the official government agency authorised to check the police records of citizens who wish to emigrate to another country or work abroad. The ACRO police checks are conducted on people applying for work or business visas in a foreign country. The application for an ACRO-CRB check or police certificate from the ACRO needs to be filed by the visa applicant. People who have been working and living in the UK, but are citizens of another country, can also apply for a UK police certificate or an ACRO check.

The ACRO-CRB Police Check certifies whether the person concerned has a criminal record in the United Kingdom. The document includes any foreign criminal history information of the person that has been disclosed to the UK authorities. These certificates are not meant for use in seeking employment within the UK or to emigrate to the UK.

These certificates need to be submitted by the person applying for work or business visas to the embassy of the country to which they wish to migrate. Most embassies require a police certificate dated within the last six months of applying for the visa. These certificates differ from disclosure certificates or DBS checks, which are required by the employers for jobs in the fields of teaching and medical care.

You can apply for an ACRO-CRB-Police-Check online or through post, by filling the relevant form and submitting proof of your identity and address, along with a photograph. You are required to send only the scanned copies or photocopies of the identity and address proof documents. The ACRO office will process your request and send your police certificate directly to your home address. The document mentions your name, any other names that you have previously used, your date of birth, gender, passport details, your photograph, address and any legal convictions.

The police certificate does not mention all convictions, since a step down policy is followed to decide which convictions to list. It lists out impending prosecutions and offences that are under investigation.

The ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents require legalisation before they can be submitted for use in another country. This is the process of authenticating the signature, seal or stamp on a document for its acceptance internationally.

The first step of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents legalisation is an apostille certification from the UK FCO. The apostille is considered sufficient for countries that are signatory members of The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. However, if the country where the documents are to be presented is not a signatory to this convention, an additional step of consular legalisation is required.

For the ACRO-CRB-Police-Check apostille, the documents will require attestation, verification and ratification by a solicitor or a notary public in the UK.

Please see the process as below that we follow:


Send Us the
Original Document


We quality check
documents internally


The document is
solicitor certified and then
Apostilled 24 hours.


If required, we take the
document to the required
embassy for legalisation


Documents Returned
Back to you Domestically
or Internationally



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ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents provide details of an individual’s criminal record, or lack thereof. These documents also mention the impending prosecutions and offences that are under investigation. These documents are required to be submitted when a person is planning to emigrate to another country or apply for a work or business visa. For their acceptance in a foreign country, the ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents need to be legalised.

The process of legalisation of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents involves notarisation by a notary public or registered solicitor, before submission to the UK FCO for apostille certification. The process involves another step of consular legalisation, if the document is to be presented in a country that has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961.

The expert staff at can complete the entire process on your behalf and you do not need to visit any of the government or consular offices personally. Our staff is well-versed with the process of ACRO-CRB-Police-Checks apostille certification and will pre-check your documents, and also get them attested by a solicitor, before submitting them to the FCO.

We will also take care of the submission of your documents for embassy legalisation. You can either choose our standard package, which ensures completion of the process within six business days or choose the express package, which ensures completion of the legalisation process in 2 business days. We will return the legalised documents back to you via courier or you can collect them from our London office.

For any queries or information regarding the process, kindly send an email to You can also call us at 0845 224 9482.

The Most Common Documents We Legalise

Standard Personal Documents

Corporate Business Documents

Educational Documents

Frequently Asked Questions can complete the entire process of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents apostille certification from the FCO. You can contact us with all your requirements via email at or call us at 0845 224 9482. Our agents will advise you regarding the process and its requirements. They will also update you about the available service packages.

The following steps are involved in the process of ACRO-CRB Police Checks documents legalisation:

  1. You will need to send us the original documents through courier or drop them personally at our London office.
  2. Our experts will pre-check the documents to ensure they comply with the rules of regulations of the FCO and the embassy of the nation in which the documents are to be used.
  3. The documents will then be attested by our in-house solicitor, following which, they will be submitted to the FCO Office in Milton Keynes for the apostille certificate.
  4. Our agent will collect the ACRO-CRB-Police-Check after it is apostilled by the FCO and, if required, submit them to the concerned embassy in London for further legalisation. However, if the documents do not require further legalisation, they will be returned to you safely.
  5. The legalised documents will be collected from the concerned consulate and returned to you via courier. You can also choose to pick up your documents from our office.

The expert team at will ensure the safety of your documents, besides completing the process of legalisation, smoothly and efficiently.

If you are based in the United Kingdom, you can personally deliver your ACRO-CRB- Police-Check documents for legalisation at our London office or send them via post or courier. We can return the legalised documents back to you by the same means.

However, if you are not residing in the UK currently, you can use the international delivery services of DHL or UPS for the safe delivery of your documents.

Bahrain is a member of the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention, and therefore documents issued in the UK require only apostille certification before they can be used in the Arab nation. However, if you would like to get any document legalised from the Bahrain Embassy in London, you need to submit the apostilled documents to the consulate office, which might take some more time for the process to be completed.

Legalisation of documents by the Bahrain Embassy in London requires the compulsory attestation of the documents by the government of the respective territory (Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Netherlands and British Overseas Territories). As per the rules, the documents issued in the British Overseas Territories also need to have the apostille certification from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Some commercial documents, such as the certificate of origin, invoices, packing list, bill of lading and certificate of goods, require the stamp of the Arab Chamber of Commerce and need to be submitted to the Bahrain consulate only through the Arab British Chamber of Commerce.

For the documents to be legalised they can be submitted to the consulate from Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Documents submitted on Monday can be collected on the following day.

The general turnaround time for legalisation of your documents is one to two working days, with one day required for the apostille certificate from the FCO. In case, you wish to speed up the process, you can choose our premium services, which ensure that the apostille stamp is issued within 2-3 hours. You might need to pay some extra charges, depending on the package and services you choose in your order form, such as DHL delivery.

Yes, you can access our services from anywhere in the world. We request you to send us your original ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents via the international courier services of DHL or UPS. At the same time, please mail us the scanned copies of the documents to be legalised, as this allows us to verify them in advance. This will help us avoid delays or any kind of problems.

Kindly check with the authorities in the country in which you wish to present your documents about the requirement for embassy legalisation. The process of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check document legalisation is completed with the apostille certification from the FCO, if the documents are to be presented in a country that is a signatory to the 1961 Hague Convention. However, the apostille certification will need to be followed by embassy legalisation, if the document is to be presented in a country that is not part of the Hague Convention.

The process of legalisation of your ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents involves several steps, including getting solicitor attestation, apostille certification from the FCO and embassy legalisation, if required.

  1. In the first step, the documents require authentication, verification and ratification by a registered solicitor or a notary public. Our in-house solicitor will authenticate your ACRO-CRB-Police-check documents and put their stamp on them.
  2. In the second step, the solicitor stamped documents will be submitted to the UK FCO for the apostille certification.
  3. In the third and last step, the apostilled documents will be submitted to the embassy of the country in London, if the nation is not a signatory to the Hague Convention. If the country is a signatory to the apostille convention, the apostilled documents will be sent back to you.
  4. Once the consular legalisation is completed, the documents will be returned to you safely.

The expert team at is well-versed with the process of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check document legalisation and can complete the same efficiently.

The apostille certification is essential for the legalisation of ACRO-CRB-Police-Check documents. This certification is normally required by foreign authorities for the acceptance of a document.

In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or FCO is the competent authority to issue an apostille certification to documents issued in the UK. The certificate, carrying an embossed seal and bearing the government crest mentions the following:

  1. The name of the Country: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  2. The name of the FCO official who has signed it
  3. The official’s capacity as an authorised signatory
  4. Bears the seal/stamp of
  5. The location: London
  6. The date of issue
  7. Certified by Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  8. The identification number of the document
  9. Embossed seal bearing the UK government’s crest

Below is the image of an apostille that is generally attached to the original or in certain cases, the copy of the document being legalised.