Document Attestations

Attestation of Documents in the UAE

If you want to start a business in the UAE, you’ll probably need document authentication services at a certain stage.

The verification procedure is commonly known as attestation of documents or documents authentication. This allows you to use documents in the United Arab Emirates. Documents that normally require attestation are marriage and birth certificates, contracts, invoices, statements of work, or commercial documents.

Attestation of documents is the procedure of getting documents issued in one country and making them legally accepted in another country. This process differs from country to country and depends on the document type.

Let’s know more about the attestation of documents in the UAE.

Which documents can be attested?

Some of the most common documents that needs attestation include:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Marriage Certificate

  • Degree Certificate

  • Commercial Document (i.e. Memorandum & Articles of Association, Company Registration & Board Resolution)

  • Power of Attorney

  • Police Clearance Report

  • Medical Report

Here are some points to remember before starting attestation of documents:

  • Attestation of documents is just one step in getting your genuine documents ready to be used legally in another country - you need to consider the procedure first such as how to get Apostille, before the papers can be attested. An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country that verifies the authenticity of a public document, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or diploma, for use in another country. Essentially, an Apostille simplifies the process of certifying documents for international use by confirming that they are genuine and valid. 

  • The attestation can only be done by the Consulate or Embassy responsible for the state in which the documents were issued.

  • Some countries, specifically in the UAE, may not accept attestation of documents that have already been authenticated for another country, so use old copies with care.

Attestation of Documents

Attestation of Documents Process in UAE

Here are the steps explained, regarding how to authenticate documents in UAE. Mainly they are: Notarization, Attestation, and Legalization.

  • The document is submitted and viewed by a notary public in the issuing state or country. Then confirms that they have checked and verified the document as a “true copy” or original copy.

  • The original copy that has been notarized will be submitted to the Ministry or Department of Foreign Affairs (in the state or country of origin). This is to attest that the notary stamp is authentic.

  • The notarized and attested copy of the document will be submitted to the UAE Embassy. They will verify that the MOFA stamp is genuine and can be used in the Emirates.

  • The authenticated document from the country of origin will be presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in UAE.

  • The documents stamped by MOFA can be legally translated to Arabic then will be stamped by the Ministry of Justice.

  • Once all the steps are done, the document will be all set for use in the UAE.

Note: MOFA Attestation is the final check that the documents have been through the right processes and are authentic. Once the MOFA are satisfied, they’ll stick an official sticker on the documents and you’re all set!