Notarial and documentary services guide for Bulgaria
Notarial services, certificates, notes and letters available at the British Embassy Sofia.
The British Embassy Sofia provides a limited range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Bulgaria. An appointment must be made for each service.
Fees for consular services are paid at the embassy on the day of the appointment and can be paid by local and UK credit/debit card or in cash. Consular fees are not refundable.
In line with the changes to notarial and documentary services outlined in the Consular Strategy 2013-2016, not all services on the consular fees table are available at all British embassies, high commissions and consulates. Below you can find information which services are still available at the British Embassy Sofia and which can be provided by alternative local service provider.
The services we provide in Bulgaria
- certifying copies of British passports
- various ‘Informative Notes’ & ‘Letters’
- receiving a notice of an intended marriage
- issuing a Certificate of no impediment to an intended marriage
The Legalisation Office is the only competent authority to issue legalisation or apostille certificates in the UK. Please find more information about legalisation from the Legalisation General Guidance Leaflet.
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.
You must bring all your original documents with you to your appointment at the embassy or we will be unable to serve you.
Proof of address and proof of identity
In addition to proof of identity which is usually a British passport, please note that proof of current address is required for the issue of all notarial acts including certified photocopies. If you live in Bulgaria proof of address would usually be your original, valid residence permit issued by the Migration Directorate.
In the absence of this document you will be expected to provide a recent original of one of the following documents:
utility bill (not one printed off the Internet)
bank/credit card statement (not one printed off the internet)
police report if residence permit has been lost/stolen/damaged
Certified copies of documents
Certified copies issued at the British embassy in Bulgaria:
The British Embassy Sofia can provide certified photocopies of British passports only.
We are NOT able to provide certified photocopies of the following:
any foreign documents including ID documents, passports and driving licences
British marriage, birth and death certificates. You should apply to the General Register Office for copies of these documents
UK educational documents. If you need to send your UK educational certificate for legalisation, the British Council office in Sofia can provide the original verification of the original document and help you with sending it to the Legalisation Office for an apostille
Fee 6 - per document
Documents required for this service:
- original valid British passport
- proof of address as outlined above
Informative Notes and Letters
These informative notes or letters may be required for a variety of procedures in Bulgaria.
Please note: You may like to print out a copy of the informative note or letter from our website and ask the Bulgarian authorities whether the website copy is acceptable. If you need an officially stamped and signed version, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PDF, 256KB, 3 pages
PDF, 181KB, 2 pages
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PDF, 263KB, 2 pages
PDF, 182KB, 1 page
More information on the Letter of No Objection to Adoption in Bulgaria
Fee 2[i] - Informative note/Letter
List of documents required for this service:
your current original valid British passport
proof of address such as outlined above
Please check how to get married in Bulgaria here.
Services provided by other UK authorities
legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
verifying original UK educational documents: The British Council
providing copies of British birth, death & marriage certificates: General Register Office
information on marriage in the UK: GOV.UK
certify your fingerprints: Metropolitan Police UK
pension certificates: Department of Work and Pensions
taxation & UK National Insurance contributions certificates: HM Revenue and Customs
renewing of British driving licences or provide certificates regarding British driving licences: DVLA
UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau checks): DBS
certificates confirming British Nationality: UK Border Agency
The British Embassy no longer handles applications for renunciation and naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen. All applications are now handled by the UK Border Agency.
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.
witnessing signatures/administering declarations on powers of attorney
witnessing signatures/administering declarations on wills
witnessing signatures/administering declarations on company documents
witnessing signatures on affidavits, affirmations and declarations
You can use the European Directory of Notaries in order to find an English-speaking notary in your nearest city.
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 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 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 will be accepted.
Published: 10 May 2013
Updated: 11 September 2015
- "Informative note: Civil Status Certificates" added
- Life certificates info, data protection info and disclaimer added.
- Marriage information added
- Amendments made reflect changes in Consular Appointments Booking Service (CABS)
- chnges to appointments system
- Change to appointments booking system.
- Change in provision of notarial and documentary services offered by British Embassy Sofia
- We can no longer witness Life Certificates for the Departnemt for Work & Pensions and therefore we have removed "Signing a declaraton of existence" from the [list of services] (https://www.gov.uk/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-bulgaria--2#services-we-provide-in-bulgaria) we provide. Please see the [list] (https://www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications) of recognised professionals who can witness Life Certificates.
- First published.