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Attestation Requirements

1.The Attestation procedure and submitting your documents to us

In order for the UAE Consulate to legalise your document, the following conditions must be met:

a. Documents issued in the UK must be attested by the British Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Please note that your documents will be returned to you if the document has not been attested by the FCDO. You can get your document attested by the FCDO via the following link:
(Copy and paste the link to your browser)

b. The appropriate payment to the UAE Consulate must been made. Payment instructions are provided on this page under the heading “2. Paying for your attestation”.

c. The documents must be submitted via post (address is provided at the bottom of the page). We do not accept document submission in person. Please submit your document via post alongside the following:

i)      A printed copy of the payment receipt which must include the ATS number
ii)     A cover letter mentioning: the type/number of documents, your name and contact details.
iii)    A prepaid envelope with the return address written on it. Please ensure the envelope is prepaid, otherwise your application may face significant delays.

Normal processing time is approximately 5 working days from the day after we receive your document. It may take longer during peak seasons and/or if further checks are            required to be made on the document.

If you are located outside the UK you can arrange for a courier to collect your document (instead of including a prepaid envelope). You must mention this in the cover letter. The legalization officer will contact you once the document is ready for collection. Those located in the UK must include a prepaid envelope. 


2.Paying for your Attestation

We only accept payments via the MOFA attestation service. Please follow the instructions to make your online payment.

a- Visit the following link: (copy and paste the link to your browser)
b- Click “start service” create an account then log in. (If you are facing difficulty creating an account using the UAE pass, then you can create an account as a company                   and move on to the next step)
c- Choose the type of document you wish to attest.
d- When prompted to select the location required for attestation, you must select “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. IMPORTANT: We will be unable to process your document if the wrong location is selected, and will return your document unprocessed.
e- Complete the payment, print the receipt, and send it alongside your document and other requirements (see heading 1)

You can check the document type and associated fees by visiting the link:

The payment system is operated by MOFA. Please contact them directly if you are facing any technical issues. 


3.The Attestation procedure for documents issued outside the UK

- Documents issued in the UAE: Must be attested by MOFA in the UAE first
- Documents issued in Ireland: Must be attest by the Irish Foreign Affairs first
- Documents issued in Iceland: Must be attested by the Icelandic foreign affairs first
- Documents issued by British Overseas Territories require an apostille from the Government of the Territory concerned prior to submission for the                                         Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). British Overseas Territories : (Anguilla – Montserrat – Bermuda - Cayman Islands - Pitcairn Island - British Antarctic Territory - St Helena-British Indian Ocean Territory - St Helena dependencies  (Ascension Island,  Tristan da Cunha) - British Virgin Islands - South Georgia and the South Islands - Falkland Islands - Turks and Caicos Islands –Gibraltar).
- Documents issued in British Crown Dependencies (Jersey - Guernsey - Isle of Man) must be attested by their respective Foreign Office first. 
- Documents issued outside the above outlined countries must be stamped by the respective consulate in the UK, then notarized by a notary public,  and then attested by the FCDO. They will be attested upon the discretion of the legalisation officer upon review. 


4.Police/Criminal Clearance Issuance 
The UAE embassy does not issue police/criminal clearance certificates. Police/Criminal clearance certificates are issued by the Ministry of Interior and Dubai Police. Please contact them and follow the relevant procedures.

Dubai Police H.Q. 
United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 1493 
Tel: +9714609999/+97142692222

Ministry of Interior Affairs
Tel: +971-8005000

If you wish to use the police clearance certificate in the UK, it must be legalised by the UAE Consulate. Please send us a print out of the police clearance with the online payment receipt (see section 2), cover letter, and a stamped addressed return envelope. Processing time is 7-10 working days. It may take longer if further checks/approvals need to be carried out.


5.Things to be aware of

- We may not be able to answer all phone calls. Please send us an email with your query:
- We do not provide an expedited service.
- We do not attest education certificates issued outside UK, Ireland or Iceland
- Non UK, Irish or Icelandic issued Document(s) are legalised at the discretion of the legalisation officer upon review
- Refund request for wrong payments take 90 days to process. 
- In the event a prepaid envelope and contact details are not included we reserve the right to discard the document within 6 months of the submission of the application     
- Power of attorney and similar legal documents must be original and signed in the presence of a UK notary public prior to submission to the FCDO.
- Documents apostilled in a bundle are not accepted. They must be attested separately with separate payments.
- Memorandum and articles of association documents must be attested separately with separate payments.
- The power of attorney which mention commercial content require a commercial document payment.

If you are having trouble with the outlined procedure and/or making the payment, you can have your documents attested by a consular services company. You can search for a consular services company online.


Contact Information

Address General Contact Information

Legalisation Department
48 Princes Gate


Telephone:+442075811281 We are unable to answer all phone calls. Please send us your query to our regularly monitored email. 



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