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Legalization of Documents in the UAE

By Ananya - 19 Aug 2021 Last Updated: 04 May 2022
Legalization of Documents in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates is a popular business destination for enterprises. There are numerous chances for businesses to supply goods or services to UAE corporations. UAE document attestation service helps expedite the processing of your documents.

It is common knowledge that the UAE has not ratified the Apostille Treaty (The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961), which eliminates the necessity for consular certification.

All documents requiring official certification must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and the embassy or consulate of the document's country of origin (for use in the Emirates) or the embassy or consulate of the nation in which the documents will be used (documents issued in the UAE).

Why it is required to Legalize your Business Documents in UAE?

You will need to legalise the required paperwork if you are relocating to the United Arab Emirates for job, education, residence, or to expand your business.

Because the UAE has not signed the Apostille Protocol Agreement, legalisation is a requirement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE, the consulate / embassy of the country in which they will be used, or the consulate / embassy of the state of their origin must all approve documents subject to official certification / legalisation.

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Legalization of business documents

With the exception of invoices and certificates of origin, all types of documents are required

Business documents, such as the following, must be signed, notarized, and certified by the Secretary of State:

  • Affidavit
  • Power of Attorney- POA
  • Assignments
  • Business Letters
  • Certificate of Status
  • Agency Agreements
  • Letter of Authorization
  • Articles of Organization
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificate of Merger
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Company Bylaws
  • Certificate of Amendments
  • Certificate of Incumbency
  • Board Resolution
  • Certificate of Existence
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Technical Data Sheet
  • Certificate of Analysis
  • ISO Certificate
  • Ingredient Certificate

For The United Arab Emirates, Documents Must Be Attested

Working with UAE-based companies frequently necessitates the authentication of your commercial documents. Attestation, often known as document legalisation, is the process of having your documents approved for use in the UAE. The UAE has certain guidelines for the types of documents they accept and how they should be presented.

The process of attesting papers entails a number of phases. Checking documents, obtaining solicitor certification if necessary, obtaining an apostille certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and obtaining legalisation from the UAE embassy are all part of this process. To execute this successfully, a lot of paperwork and couriers are required. Fortunately, our attestation service will handle everything for you.

Our expertise will ensure that your order is finished as promptly as possible, allowing you to conduct business in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, or another major UAE city.

Reasons for Attestation

You may require legalisation for a variety of reasons.

Regardless of why the papers are being utilised, it is critical that you identify which ones require attesting.

Legalization of documents issued in the United Arab Emirates for usage outside the UAE.

In many aspects, the legalisation process begins with the authority that registered the legal entity or other governmental entities. As a result, in many circumstances, the first stage of document legalisation begins with attestation by a regulatory body, such as a Freezone administration, Chamber of Commerce, Notary Public, and so on.

The following are the remaining steps in the usual procedure:

1. Obtaining a certified (True) copy of the document:

Only the registered agent can provide a TRUE COPY of the International Company's paperwork.

  • The Registration Division of the appropriate Free Zone issues a TRUE COPY of the document of Free zone onshore companies.
  • The Department of Economic Development or a Notary Public issue a TRUE COPY of the Companies with a Local Partner (LLC) document.

2. At the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TRUE copies of the document are certified.

3. Certification of TRUE copies at the destination country's Consulate.

Legalization of foreign documents for usage in the United Arab Emirates

Documents issued by legal bodies outside the UAE, such as Licenses, certificates of registration, and different extracts from the Register, that are intended for use in the Emirates must go through the following procedure:

1. A notarized copy of the document is required (Notary public stamp)

2. If the document is issued in a language other than English or Arabic, a legalised (notarized) translation into English or Arabic is required.

3.The Ministry of Justice's certification (for some countries). The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London handles this aspect of the legalisation process for the United Kingdom and British territories (BVI, Jersey, Guernsey, and so on).

4. The document's certification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of origin.

5. Document certification at the UAE Consulate in the place of origin.

Different procedures apply to the certification of documents issued in the United Arab Emirates

  • Documents must be authenticated by the issuing authorities and translated into English or Arabic.
  • Certification from the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Documents including a translation must be certified by the country's consulate.
  • For legal persons, certification copy execution is required.


The UAE government requires that all documents be attested by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whether they be educational certificates or professional papers. It is one of the requirements for obtaining a Visa. We work with federal and state authorities to legalise your documents so that you can use them in other countries.

Relocating to the UAE from another country might be a difficult task. If you're relocating for job, residence, education, or a business opportunity, you'll need to have all of your documents legalised. Contact our experts at Dhanguard.

Dhanguard provides the business setup and company formation services in Dubai, UAE with the guidance of our professional team of consultants. Faster and hassle-free company setup in Mainland and Freezone in UAE.

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