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 UAE Attestation Services for Personal Documents

Personal paperwork and certificates must be attested by the UAE embassy before you can live or work in the country. This process authenticates the documents so they will be accepted by UAE authorities.

Unfortunately, this is often a lengthy and confusing process, and can be costly if completed incorrectly. This is where our UAE attestation service can help, verifying personal documents such as birth certificates, university degrees, and passports. You don’t have to be a UK citizen to use our service either, with international delivery via DHL also available to our customers outside of the country.

Important Notice:

Due to COVID-19, the UAE embassy cannot guarantee the time period for which stamping can be finished. Therefore, we recommend you submit your documents at the earliest possible time. 

Based on our experience, services involving Solicitor + FCO + UAE embassy take around 10 working days 

Fast services are not available until the embassy resumes normal services (i.e. further notice).

GulfVisa's UAE certificate attestation process

We provide an all-in-one solution to legalise your certificates quickly and easily. These are the three stages in order:
  1. Your documents are stamped by a solicitor
  2. Your papers are taken to be verified by the British Foreign Office (FCO)
  3. Finally, your certificates get attested by the UAE embassy in London


The following documents do not need to be authenticated by a solicitor, so you only need the FCO & UAE embassy attestation service:

- Original UK Birth Certificate

- Original UK government Marriage Certificate

- Original Death Certificate

- Original ACRO Police Clearance Certificate

- Original Medical reports signed by a British doctor registered with the FCO Legalisation Department


Working in the UAE

You cannot work in the UAE until the requisite documents have been attested. This is required as part of your visa application, so please consult your employer to confirm which documents you will need. In some instances, you may need to provide fingerprints for a criminal record check.

If your family will be joining you in the UAE, attestation will be required for the marriage and birth certificates of all parties to ensure that the correct visas are issued.

How to Attest Your Personal Certificates for the UAE

1Prepare all relevant documentation
Please send us the following
  1. Your original personal documents
  2. The completed GulfVisa Document Attestation Form. You can download this by clicking the button on the right

Gulfvisa also offers a document translation service for your documents. You can add this service during step two below.

Download Application Pack (forms & requirements)
— OR —
Send the forms & requirements by email:
2Choose the UAE certificate attestation service you need
You can choose between our fast service, which takes two working days, or our five working day standard service (due to COVID-19 causing delays at the
 Embassy services will be completed within 10 working days instead). We also offer a discount if you require UAE attestation for three or more documents. In addition, GulfVisa can provide certified English to Arabic translation, which saves you from needing to find a separate translation company after the attestation process. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see which organisations your documents must be attested by.
All-Inclusive GulfVisa Price: £189.00  per document
Select which institutions you require attestation from?
Select your document attestation service?
Do you require your document(s) translated?
No. of Document(s) / Applicant(s)
3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

Can I send a copy of my document?

Solicitors will not stamp original documents, but you must still provide them as proof before they stamp a copy. However, original certificates must always be presented if they are exempt from solicitor’s authentication, as neither the FCO or the UAE embassy will accept copies in this instance.

Non-ACRO Police Certificates

Non-ACRO police certificates are the only original documents that need to be stamped by a solicitor. For this service, choose Solicitor + FCO + UAE Embassy attestation.

More Information:

Why do I need UAE certificate attestation?

Attestation proves that official certificates are deemed legal and genuine within the UAE. The government will only recognise documents verified in this way.

Who requires personal UAE certificate attestation?

Anyone looking to live or work in the UAE will need to produce documents that have been attested. For example, you could be denied entry to the country without an authenticated passport, while UAE degree attestation may be required for you to work there.

Which personal documents need UAE certificate attestation?

If you are planning to live and work in the UAE, it is likely that the following documents will need to be attested:

  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Death certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Police certificates (ACPO, ACRO and NPCC)
  • Personal power of attorney (to buy a property)
  • Health certificates
  • School reports
  • GMO products certificates

Which personal documents must be stamped by a solicitor?

  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Non-ACRO police certificates
  • Police letters
  • Degree certificates (including PhD)
  • School, college or university letters masters certificates
  • Educational certificates (A-levels, O-levels, GCSEs, diplomas, GNVQs and NVQs)
  • Other academic certificates (such as TEFL, TESOL, TESL & Language Studies)
  • Diplomas and awards
  • Teaching qualifications
  • Power of attorney
  • Employment letters
  • P.60 tax returns
  • Transcripts of study
  • Membership and fellowship certificates
  • Court documents, such as probates, decisions and decree absolute records
  • Criminal record checks (CRB)
  • No impediment certificates
  • Affidavits witnessed by a solicitor or notary
  • Certificates of good standing from Companies House
  • Companies House documents signed by the registrar
  • HMRC certificates of residency
  • HMRC letters signed by an HMRC officer
  • Certificates of free sale rural payments agency
  • Notary access Northern Ireland
  • Subject access reports
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