Notarial and documentary services guide for Albania

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Albania.


The British Embassy Tirana can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Albania. Where local notaries can provide services, the British embassy will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently. Some services may be available by post. You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Use the links after each service to make an appointment. A member of staff will contact you to confirm your appointment. Before booking, make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local town hall, registry office, tax authorities, immigration office or another authority either in Albania, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Albania

Consular staff Albania can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • unite documents

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, see other services provided by the British embassy in Albania.

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity, and payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees.


We accept payment by debit or credit card or cash in the local currency only (ALL) on the day of the appointment.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address. We accept passports or national identity cards as proof of identity.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer. You may need to make an affirmation or affidavit of marital status in order to get married in Albania. See getting married abroad to find out what you need to do.

The consulate will not draft documents for you. First check with the consulate what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Tirana

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports and UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website. Check a university is officially recognised.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to make a certified copy in Tirana

Unite documents

This service joins documents together using ribbon and a seal and is usually only needed for legal reasons.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to unite documents in Tirana

Informative notes / letters

These informative notes / letters may be required for a variety of procedures in Albania. You can print out a free version from this page and ask the Albanian authorities whether this website version is acceptable.

Letter - Driving Licence

Letter - Family Circumstances

Convert a civil partnership to marriage

This service is for couples who wish to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage. For information on getting married or entering into a civil partnership, see getting married abroad.

You do not need to have formed your civil partnership in {country}, but you must have been living here for 28 days. We can convert civil partnerships formed between a British national and a partner of any nationality. It is our duty to notify you that this kind of marriage cannot have legal consequences in Albania.

Read what you need to know about converting a civil partnership and then book your appointment using the link/links below.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • your passport
  • your partner’s passport
  • your original civil partnership certificate
  • proof of residence, such as an employer’s letter, bank statement, utility bills, immigration stamps, hotel bills
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Book an appointment to convert a civil partnership to marriage at British Embassy Tirana

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer witness life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession who can do this for you.

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.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy / 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 5 April 2013
Last updated 27 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Booking service updated
  2. Added local and UK credit/debit card option
  3. We have updated most of the information.
  4. Removed a service (safekeeping certificates)
  5. Changes to the booking system
  6. Added PDF guides on: Changes to Notarial and Documentary Services and Changes to Notarial Services for Commonwealth Nationals
  7. First published.