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.

The services we provide in Moldova

  • witnessing a signature
  • administering an oath/affirmation
  • certifying copy of certain UK-issued documents
  • Certificate of No Impediment (CNI)
  • notice of marriage
  • Emergency Travel Document

See also our information on births, marriages and deaths and Emergency Travel Documents.

Administering oaths, affirmations and statutory declarations

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. We must see the document to check whether we can offer this service. Please e-mail your draft declaration to consular.chisinau@fco.gov.uk

Witnessing a signature

This service applies to individuals who require their signatures witnessed by a consular officer. It is limited to documents with clear UK link. We do not witness wills or Powers 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. We must see the document to check whether we can offer this service. Please e-mail the draft of your document to consular.chisinau@fco.gov.uk.

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 in the Legalisation Office

Documents required for this service

  • original valid British passport
  • the document which needs to be certified (in original).

Please note 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.

Fees

See our list of consular fees for Moldova.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment, please write the Consular Section at consular appointments booking service. We can only make an appointment once you have sent us copies of all the supporting documents needed for that service or document. When we receive your papers we will check if we have everything we need. If we don’t we’ll contact you to tell you what is missing. Please be aware that we do not keep incomplete applications. If any papers are missing you will have to resend copies of all of your documents.

If we have all of the papers we need, we will contact you so you can book an appointment. Please note that you must bring all of your original documents with you to your appointment at the consulate or we will be unable to serve you.

Please be aware: Under the Perjury Act (1911) it is a criminal offence to knowingly make a false declaration. Offenders face the possibility of a fine and/ or a jail sentence.

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