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Legalise and attest your documents for use in UAE.

Legal Inz offers expert services for documents originating from UK, USA, Pakistan, India, Australia, Canada, Philippines, Singapore, Middle East & Africa and all European and other countries. We provide document attestation for:

  • Degree or diploma certificates
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • All types of company documents

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Document and Degree Certificate Attestation for UAE, as Easy as 1 - 2 - 3

Complete our online form

Fill in our simple form in less than 3 minutes. Filling in the form itself is completely free.

We collect your document

We pick-up your document and complete the attestation procedures.

We return your document

We return the originals as well as the certified documents to you.

Process for document and degree certificate attestation for UAE

The UAE is not a signatory to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Hague Convention). Hence, document or degree certificate attestation is a legal requirement without which a document is not considered valid by the authorities in the UAE. The process for document attestation typically consists five (5) steps commencing in the country where the document has originated.  These steps are summarized below:

Notarisation in the country of origin

Notarisation is the first step in the process of ensuring that a document is legalised/authenticated for use in the UAE.  Notary ensures the authenticity of the document/signatures therein. If a document is signed before a notary, the notary insists on witnessing the signature and any supporting documents to certify the identity of the signatory (i.e. passport). Where documents are signed on behalf of a company, the notary requires evidence proving that the individual providing the signature is appropriately authorised by the company.



Attestation in the country of origin

A document is then attested to give it legal standing internationally. Document attestation is also sometimes referred to as legalization or an apostille.  The attestation is only referred to as an apostille by signatories to the Hague Convention.  The attestation is undertaken at the relevant ministry of foreign affairs of the state where the document originated. This ministry attests the document by cross-checking the details of the notary.  Once the ministry is satisfied that the document has been correctly notarised, it is then attested accordingly.

Certification by the UAE Embassy or Consulate

The attested document is then submitted to the UAE Embassy/Consulate in the country of origin for certification. The UAE Embassy/Consulate checks if the document has been correctly attested by the relevant ministry before stamping it with the UAE Consulate stamp. Once this is done, the document is brought to the UAE for completion of the final stage in the authentication process.  

Certification by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Once the document is brought to the UAE, it is submitted to MOFA for certification. Once submitted, the document is checked by MOFA to ensure that it has been notarised, attested and certified up to its UAE Embassy in the country of origin.  Once satisfied, MOFA will certify the document and give it legal effect in the UAE.  

Arabic Translation (Optional)

If the document is to be presented to any government authority outside the free zones in the UAE, it needs to be translated into Arabic by a certified legal translator licensed by the UAE Ministry of Justice. Once the translation is completed, the original document along with the official translation is submitted to the UAE Ministry of Justice for certification. Once certified, the document can be presented to any government authority in the UAE. If the document is required by a free zone authority, the Arabic translation and certification by the UAE Ministry of Justice is not typically required.

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