Need to have your birth certificate attested while in the UAE? Here's your handy guide to how...
16 September 2019| Last updated on 16 February 2021
It's not a difficult process following you have the correct documents and steps
The attestation process for birth certificates in the UAE is fairly standard - documents must be attested by the UAE Embassy of the country the certificate was issued in before they can be used for legal purposes in the UAE.
Birth certificate attestation is simply an act of verifying that our documents are genuine, ensuring the credibility of the certificate so expatriates can apply for residence visas, UAE school admission, higher studies in the country, migration, and more.
If you're planning on getting yours or a family member's birth certificate attested, you can either hire a service to do this for you or you can legalise your own documents yourself. This guide is for the latter and will help you through the necessary steps...
How to attest birth certificates in the UAE
The process of authenticating your birth certificate in the UAE is as follows:
1.) Collect the required documents
To get your birth certificate attested in the UAE, you will need these papers:
- Original birth certificate issued by the authorities in the name of the certificate holder
- Passport copies of both parents
- Your valid passport and/or Emirates ID
- 2 passport photographs
2.) Verify your document by the Ministry or Department of Foreign Affairs in your country
Take the original birth certificate and photocopy, which will be stamped to show that it's an authentic document.
For expats from the US, you will need your documents verified by the Secretary of State of the state your birth certificate was issued in. For example, a birth certificate from Florida must be authenticated by the Secretary of State for Florida.
3. Have the birth certificate authenticated by the UAE Embassy located in your respective country
Your local UAE Embassy will verify that the birth certificate truly originates from your home country/the issuing country.
4.) Verify your document by the notary public in the UAE
Go to Dubai Courts Notary Public (DCNP) or the Notary Public of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department with your required documents. You must then take a token and wait for a Notary to meet with you and verify your documents.
DCNP branches can be found here:
Al Nahda branch
Al Tewar Centre, Al Nahda - Dubai
Al Barsha branch
765 Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Barsha - Dubai
Alternatively, you can visit DCNP's official website here to make your verification requests and to check on existing requests.
The Notary Public of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department can be found here at Baniyas Najda Street and Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street.
You can also visit their official website here for notary public services.
The Notary Public needs to give you a true copy of the birth certificate.
5.) Authenticate your documents at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Finally, you can head to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have your birth certificate attested.
Apply for a document attestation through their attestation services page here. Pay the fees and deliver the physical documents to the ministry for attestation.
Where to attest birth certificate in UAE:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In front of Al Ansar Gallery
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Karama
- Phone: (04) 404 0000
- Email: [email protected]
- Opening hours: 8 AM - 2 PM (Sunday to Thursday)
Once attested, your birth certificate will be given a MOFA stamp showing that it's been government-approved and it can now be given to any applications in the UAE that require an attested birth certificate. Kindly note that there is a fee of AED 150 per stamp.