LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS IN THE UAE.

 


It is a well known fact that the UAE has not joined to the Treaty of Apostille (The Hague Convention from 5 October 1961), which eliminates the need of consular certification. 

 

All documents to be officially certified, must go through the full legalization through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and the embassy / consulate of the country of origin of the document (for use in the Emirates) or the embassy / consulate of the country in which the documents are to be used (documents issued in the UAE).

 

Legalization of documents issued in the UAE, for use outside of the Emirates.

 

Personal documents:

1. Legalized translation into English (if the document is issued only in Arabic)
2. The above translation must be certified by the authority that issued the original document (Certificate of Education - Ministry of Education, birth certificate - Ministry of Health, etc.)
3. Document and translation shall be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.
4. Document and legalized translation shall be attested by the Consulate of the country of destination of the document

 
Corporate documents:

In many ways, the initial steps of the legalization depend on the authorilty which had registered the legal entity or other governmental instances. So the initial stage of the documents legalization in mane cases starts with attestation by the regulatory authority, such as free zone administration, Chamber of Commerce, Notary Public et cetera.

The remaining steps follow the standard scheme:

1. Making a certified (True) copy of the document:
     A TRUE COPY of the documents of the International Company (RAK-IC) can be obtained through the registered agent only, such as INTER CONSULT
     A TRUE COPY of the document of Free zone onshore companies  is issued by the Registration Division  of the respective Free Zone.
     A TRUE COPY of the document  of the Companies with a local partner (LLC)  is issued by the Department of Economic Development  or  by a Notary Public.
2. Certification of TRUE copies of the document in the Ministry  of Foreign  Affairs of the UAE.
3. Certification of TRUE copies in the Consulate of the country of destination.



The legalization of foreign documents to be used in the UAE.


Personal documents:

Personal documents, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, issued OUTSIDE the United Arab Emirates which are intended to be used in the Emirates, must undergo the following procedure:

1.  A copy of the document must be Notarised (Notary public stamp)
2. Legalized (notarized) translation into English or Arabic, if the document is issued in another language.
3. Certification of the Ministry of Justice (for some countries).  For UK and British territories (BVI, Jersey, Guernsey, etc.) this part  of legalization is done by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.
4. Attestation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of origin of the document
5. Certification in UAE Consulate

In case of legalization of education certificates, it is neseccary to otain the certification from the Ministry of Justice and after, the document must undergo the legalization by the Ministry of Education.

 

 

Corporate documents:

Documents of legal entities such as licenses , certificate of registration, adifferent extracts from the Register, issued  OUTSIDE the UAE, which are intended for use in the Emirates, must pass the following procedure:

 
1. A copy of the document must be Notarised (Notary public stamp)
2. Legalized (notarized) translation into English or Arabic, if the document is issued in any other language.
3.Certification of the Ministry of Justice (for some countries).  For UK and British territories (BVI, Jersey, Guernsey, etc.) this part  of legalization is done by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.
4. Certification of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of origin of the document.
5. Certification in UAE Consulate in the country of origin of the document.

If there is a need for a translation from Arabic into English, it can be done after the attestation  of certified copies. If you need an additional translation into any language other than Arabic or English, it can be done before the consular certification.

In most of the cases, the cost of legalization on corporate documents is higher that the cost of personal documents.

Each case is quoted differently depending on the needs and the related country's consular fees. Do not hesitate to contact us and to find out the quote.