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True Copy Attestation Services and Witnessing of Signatures in UAE

Our lawyers provide true copy attestation and witnessing of signatures on the following documents:

  • All types of documents such as passports and IDs
  • Powers of attorney to be used outside UAE
  • Application forms and all company documents used outside UAE

AED 599  for first document

AED 100 for each additional document.

Certification of Documents as True Copies in the UAE

Easy as 1 - 2 - 3

Step 1
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Fill in our attestation form in less than 3 minutes. Filling in the form itself is completely free.

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We pick-up your document and complete the attestation.

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

To order your witnessing of signatures or true copy attestation in UAE, our simple order form requires the following information:
  • Your contact details
  • Copy/copies of document(s) to be certified/witnessed
  • Address for the pick and delivery (not applicable if you require witnessing service)

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True copy attestation in UAE – Get your Documents Certified

Which documents do we certify as true copies?

We certify true copies of the following original documents issued in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Qwain and Ajman for all nationalities in the UAE:

  • Passports
  • IDs
  • Utility bills
  • Application forms
  • Academic documents
  • Letters
  • Experience certificates
  • Photos

We also certify passport true copies in UAE, UAE. If your document does not fall under the above categories, please contact us to find out if we can do true copy attestation.

Our lawyers cross-check the original documents and sign and stamp the copies typically with the following text:

This document is certified by me as a true and correct copy of the original.

In some instances, the text confirming the true copy may vary if there is a specific requirement from the government department or third party requesting the true certified copies. If there is no specific requirement regarding the text, the stamp with the standard text is affixed.

Where are the true certified copies used by our clients?

Our clients use true certified copies of the original documents (issued in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Qwain, Ajman and Sharjah or outside the UAE) to meet the requirements of various government departments and private entities/parties around the world for the following purposes:

  • Processing immigration and visa in all countries including but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Malta, Bulgaria, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Hungary, Portugal, ST. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia etc.
  • Setting up businesses and offshore companies.
  • Selling and buying property.
  • Filing various applications at government departments and private institutions.
  • Bank account opening.
  • Satisfying the Know Your Client requirements.
  • Presenting the documents to courts.

The certified true copies or true copy attestation of a range of documents may also be used for purposes other than the ones listed above.

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Witnessing of Signatures in UAE

Which documents do we sign as witnesses?

Our lawyers act as witnesses to signatures for the following documents typically used outside the UAE:

  • Various applications to the government and private institutions.
  • Agreements and contracts.
  • Property/asset sale and purchase contracts and deeds.
  • Affidavits and oaths.
  • Application forms
  • Letters
  • Company resolutions

If your document does not fall under the above categories, please contact us to find out if we can act as witness to your document.

Once the document is signed by our client in the presence of one of our lawyers, the lawyer also signs and stamps the document to confirm that he/she has witnessed the signing of the document.

Where do our clients use the documents witnessed by us?

Our clients use the documents witnessed by us to meet the requirements of various government departments and private entities/parties around the world for the following purposes:

  • Immigration and visa processes including but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Malta, Bulgaria, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Hungary, Portugal, ST. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia etc.
  • Setting up businesses and offshore companies.
  • Selling and buying property/assets.
  • Filing various applications at government departments and private institutions.
  • Bank account opening.
  • Satisfying the Know Your Client requirements.
  • Presenting the documents to courts.

Difference between Notarization and True Copy Attestation in UAE

The Notary Public in the UAE is a person authorized and licensed by the courts in the relevant Emirate to attest and notarize a limited number of documents. The term ‘notary public’ refers to both ‘public notary’ and ‘private notary’.

The Federal Law No. 4 of 2013 Concerning the Regulation of Notarial Services (Federal Law) regulates the practice of the notary public in the UAE. The Emirates of Abu Dhabi has issued its own Law No. (11) of 2017 Concerning the Notary Public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Law). The Abu Dhabi Law essentially reiterates the provisions of the Federal Law with minor variations to reflect the practice in Abu Dhabi.

1. Notarization vs. Witnessing of Signatures

The Federal Law stipulates that the Notary Public has the competence to notarize documents as required by the law and authenticate signatures of concerned parties.

It is important to note that, According to Article 43 of the Federal Law, all documents notarized with signatures by the Notary Public are required to be written in Arabic. Any documents that are written in a foreign language, they are required to be translated into Arabic through a legal certified translator. Thus, any documents to be notarized by a Notary Public are required to be issued either in Arabic language only or in bilingual format (i.e. English and Arabic) with a certified legal translation of Arabic by a translator licensed by the UAE Ministry of Justice.

In practice, any documents that are required to be presented outside the UAE are typically not required to be translated into Arabic and, therefore, cannot be notarized by a Notary Public in the UAE. The examples of these documents can be application forms, admission forms, bank forms, statements of oath, declarations and affidavits. These documents are thus witnessed by lawyers in the UAE. All third parties and government departments outside the UAE accept the witnessing of these documents by lawyers.

2. Notarization of Documents vs. True Copies Attestation

According to Article 44 of the Federal Law, the concerned person may obtain a copy of any documents kept at the Notary Public files or registered in the record. The Notary Public is thus only authorized to issue true copy attestation of those documents that are kept at the Notary Public files or registered in their record. The examples of these documents would be powers of attorney, declarations and contracts registered with the Notary Public in Arabic language (or in bilingual format, being English and Arabic).

The Notary Public in the UAE, therefore, does not have the powers to notarize or issue true copy attestation of documents such passports, utility bills, bank statements or any other documents that are not registered with him. Accordingly, all true copies of such documents are issued by lawyers in the UAE instead of a Notary Public and the concept of notarization of such documents does not exist in the UAE. Any third parties or government departments requesting for notarized copies of passports, utility bills, bank statements etc. accept the true copies of these documents issued by lawyers in the UAE.

3. General Scope of Powers of Notary Public

According to Article 4 of the Federal Law, the Notary Public in the UAE has the powers to:

  1. Write contracts and instruments.
  2. Authenticate the signatures of the concerned persons.
  3. Prove the date of common law documents as stipulated in the Federal Law.
  4. Tender the oath.
  5. Write and authenticate sworn statements.
  6. Notify the warnings and protests that he writes or authenticates the signatures thereof to the concerned persons upon their request according to the provisions of the Federal Law.
  7. Place the writ of execution on the instruments edited or authenticated by him according to the provisions of the Federal Law.
  8. Any other competencies assigned to him under another Law.

To reiterate, each of the above documents must either be written in Arabic language only or in bilingual format with English and Arabic translation duly certified by a legal translator licensed by the UAE Ministry of Justice.

4. Other Prohibitions on Powers of Notary Public

Article 13 of the Federal Law deals with duties and prohibitions of the Notary Public. According to this Article, the Notary Public in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates, among other things, is permitted to:

  1. Authenticate the signatures of the employees working in the federal government, local government, public authorities or public institutions.
  2. Write, authenticate signatures or prove the date of the instrument if the eligibility, capacity or satisfaction of the concerned person was not proved or if the subject of the instrument is apparently invalid, violating the legislations in force, the public order or morals or intended to commit an act of fraud, while stating the reasons of prohibition.
  3. Write or authenticate any contracts or instruments related to the personal status of Muslims or the Waqf.
  4. Write or authenticate any contracts or instruments related to the establishment of the right of ownership or any right in rem on a real estate, transfer, change or remove the same.
  5. Write or authenticate a contract of sale, donation or mortgage of a commercial shop before publication of the same in a daily newspaper widely spread in the UAE, fourteen days at least before conducting the transaction.
  6. Write or authenticate any contracts or instruments stipulated by the law that the writing or authentication thereof shall be the competence of another authority.
  7. Give any copy of the official documents to other than the concerned persons without the written permission of the President of the Court.

To conclude, if your documents are required to be presented outside the UAE, you will need to have the true copy of these documents issued by a lawyer instead of a Notary Public. This rule also applies to the witnessing of signatures on documents such application forms, affidavits, declarations and other statements that are issued in English language only.

How to Obtain Attestation of Documents & Passport True Copy in UAE

If you are a UAE resident, chances are that you will be required to have certified true copies of your documents from time to time for your transactions outside the UAE.

Types of documents requiring true copy attestation

The documents that are typically required to be certified may include in documents issued in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain including:

  • Passports
  • Utility bills (such as water and electricity or Etisalat/du bills)
  • Emirates IDs
  • Driving licenses
  • Bank statements or credit card statements
  • Letters from employer or government department
  • Academic certificates
  • Letters from a hospital or clinic
  • Birth, marriage or death certificates

The transactions may include opening a bank account, property sale/purchase, setting-up a company or any other transactions where a government authority or institution requires your identity to be verified. In these cases, a certified document is presented in place of the original document and holds as good as the original document.

Who can certify your document in the UAE?

Your document must be certified by a lawyer as a true copy of the original for it to be accepted by any government bodies or institutions outside the UAE. If you are required to produce a notarized document, it essentially means that you are required to produce a true copy of your document certified by a lawyer in the UAE. True copy attestation is done by the certified lawyers in UAE, with Legal Inz you can get your document’s true copy in same day.

How is your document certified?

The lawyer verifies the original document and makes a copy of the document. The copy is then certified by the lawyer, whereby he/she:

  • Inserts a stamp on the copy stating that the copy is ‘certified to be a true and correct copy of the original document’.
  • Signs and dates the copy.
  • Inserts his/her full name.
  • Inserts his/her occupation and phone number.

Requirements for true copy attestation in UAE

You will be required to present the original document to the lawyer to obtain the attestation. The person requiring the service is not required to be present before the lawyer unless the photo ID is required to be certified by the lawyer.

You will also need to advise the lawyer if there is a requirement for the lawyer to include any specific language in the true copy. If there is no such requirement, the lawyer will insert his/her stamp with standard language for the purposes of attestation.

In some instances, passport copies may be required to include language that the photo on passport is a true likeness of the individual. In such cases, the individual will need to be present before the lawyer in person to obtain the attestation.

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Use of true copies of documents for Immigration

The documents certified by us as true copies of the originals as well as the witnessing of signatures are accepted by all immigration authorities around the world. Our fast and reliable true copy attestation services will help you get your documents processed in timely manner.

Some of the examples of the immigration departments where our certified documents are regularly presented include:

Australia

Canada

New Zealand

United States

United Kingdom

Malta

Bulgaria

Antigua & Barbuda

Dominica

Grenada

Hungary

Portugal

Kitts & Nevis

St. Lucia

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