Guidance

Notarial and documentary services in Austria

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Vienna in Austria.

Overview

The British Embassy Vienna can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Austria.

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.

You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Please use the links after each service to make an 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 Austria, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Austria

Consular staff in Austria can:

  • administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a document
  • unite documents
  • prepare a document in English or the local language

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as the certificate of no impediment (CNI), see getting married abroad.

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

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.

Payment

We accept payment by Visa or MasterCard payments on the day of the appointment. Austrian cashpoint cards are NOT accepted. See the full list of consular fees.

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
  • we accept the ‘Meldezettel’ the local registration document as proof of address. If not available, utility bills or bank statements with your name and address may be accepted

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.

The embassy 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.

Please email us a copy of the document in question, when acceptable we will confirm your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Vienna

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appointment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, or witness deed polls.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for witnessing a signature in Vienna

Make a certified copy of a document

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports, Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates, UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website), British driving licences and British divorce decrees.

This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for a certified copy of a document in Vienna

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 Vienna

Prepare a document in English or the local language

In a limited number of cases consular staff can write a statement of fact (‘preparing a certificate’) to help British nationals with various local authorities. The wording must be cleared with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, which means these documents will take longer to prepare.

We can only provide this service if we have proof that the wording/content you require is correct and unambiguous. This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it. Please contact the Embassy before making an appointment.

We can prepare these documents in English or in the local language. Please ensure you select the correct service and note the difference in fees.

This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it.

What you will need to bring with you:

For documents in English: Book an appointment to prepare a document in English in Vienna

For documents in the local language (German): Book an appointment to prepare a document in another language in Vienna

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer provide 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.

Disclaimer

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 15 May 2013
Last updated 26 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. updated marriage information
  2. added detailed marriage information
  3. Added notary search website link
  4. First published.