Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guidance for Jamaica

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission in Kingston.

Overview

The British High Commission Kingston offer limited notarial services as British consular officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 to undertake notarial acts, administer oaths or take affidavits which will be effectual in the United Kingdom. British consular officials in Jamaica have no notary powers and cannot certify, notarise or legalise a document. This function is carried out by a Jamaica notary public. Local notaries or lawyers can often provide these services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply.

Services provided elsewhere

Legalise a documents

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity or a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.

Marriage and civil partnerships

We don’t issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status. We also don’t perform marriages or civil partnerships for British nationals. For further information on getting married in Jamaica, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death in Jamaica. You can’t register a birth or death at the high commission.

Consular fees

See our list of consular fees.

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 consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 2 May 2013
Last updated 27 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Information about services provided elsewhere updated.
  2. First published.