Guidance

Notarial and documentary services for Moldova

Documents and certificates available at the British embassy in Moldova.

Overview

The British Embassy Chisinau provides a range of notarial services for British nationals in Moldova. An appointment must be made for each service.

If there is no specific formal requirement for a notarial service or certificate to be provided by the British consulate, local notaries or lawyers can sometimes provide these services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply.

It is essential to check with the relevant authority (eg town hall/registry office/tax authorities/foreigners office, etc) either in the UK, Moldova or a third country, that our consular certificate or services will be accepted. Only the relevant authority can confirm which service you will require. This information cannot be verified by the British consulate.

Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the consulate on the day of the appointment and can be paid only in cash. Refunds will not be given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority.

Services we provide in Moldova

  • administer an oath or affirmation
  • witnessing a signature
  • certifying copies of certain UK-issued documents

See also our information on births, marriages and deaths.

Administer an oath, affirmation or statutory declaration

It is for the person requesting the notarial service to determine whether an oath, declaration or affirmation is applicable for their particular needs and seek legal advice on the form and contents of an affidavit or statutory declaration. The British consulate does not draft any notarial documents.

This service applies only to individuals (not companies) who need to take an oath or statutory declaration in English in respect of the contents of a document they have already prepared. We accept no responsibility for the contents of oaths or declarations. A clear link to the UK has to be demonstrated. This service is not provided for commercial cases.

Please note that the document should be written or printed on both sides of the paper and with no blank sheets and contents are to be divided into numbered paragraphs. We can only deal with documents in English. The document should be signed in front of a consular officer. If the document consists of several pages there will be a further fee for uniting.

Prior to making an appointment, please check with the consular section that they are able to provide this service for your specific document by sending an email with your draft declaration to consular.chisinau@fco.gov.uk.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear or affirm
  • proof of identity/address
  • the correct fee – see the list of consular fees

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or statutory declaration at the British Embassy Chisinau

Witnessing a signature

This service applies to individuals who require their signatures witnessed by a consular officer. It is limited to documents with a clear UK link. We do not witness wills or Power of Attorney documents. We accept no responsibility for the contents of the documents. This service is not provided for commercial cases.

The document should be printed on both sides of the paper. We can only deal with documents in English. The document should be signed in front of a consular officer. If the document consists of several pages there will be a further fee for uniting.

Prior to making an appointment, please check with the consular section that they are able to provide this service for your specific document by sending an email with the document to consular.chisinau@fco.gov.uk.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you sign before a witness
  • proof of identity/address
  • the correct fee – see the list of consular fees

Book an appointment to witness a signature at the British Embassy Chisinau

Certifying copies of UK documents

We can provide certified photocopies of the following documents:

  • British passports
  • UK educational documents (issued in the UK by a recognised institution and listed on the Legalisation Office website

Please note that we no longer provide certified copies of British driving licences, contact the DVLA for information on the services they can provide regarding UK driving licences.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • original valid British passport or
  • the document which needs to be certified (in original).
  • proof of identity/address
  • the correct fee – see the list of consular fees

Book an appointment to make a certified copy of a document at the British Embassy Chisinau

Fees

See our list of consular fees for Moldova.

Data protection

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be a subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British Embassy Chisinau will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 19 June 2014
Last updated 1 March 2018 + show all updates
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