Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Chile

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British consulate in Santiago, Chile.

Overview

The British Consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Chile.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British Consulate 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 Chile, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Chile

Consular staff in Chile can:

  • legalise a signature or seal (when documents can’t be apostilled)
  • administer an oath, marking of exhibits, declarations or affirmation
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a British Passport.
  • unite documents

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and affirmations or affidavits of marital status, please see the information on 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 Chile.

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.

Payment

We accept payment by credit, debit card. Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, or cash in Chilean pesos.

Proof of address and identity

For some of the appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address.

We accept passports or Chilean ID (Cedula de Identidad) as proof of identity.

We accept utility bills, or Declaraciones Juradas as proof of your address.

Legalise a document

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp on a document issued in Chile, is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents must be certified by by a solicitor or notary public, legalised/apostilled by the Legalisation Office before they can be used in Chile. Public documents originating in Chile must be apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any other relevant Ministry in Chile. For further information about how to obtain an Apostille in Chile please visit www.apostilla.gob.cl.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the original document to be legalised (previously legalised by the Foreign Office or Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees
  • 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.

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 lawyer or a qualified entity.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear or affirm
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
  • Proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof

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 probates, or witness deed polls.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The document that you will sign before a witness
  • Proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Make a certified copy of a British Passport

This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British Passports.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The original passport to be copied
  • Proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Unite documents

This service joins documents together using ribbon and a seal and is usually only needed for legal reasons, documents to be united will have to be first checked by a lawyer or a qualified entity.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • The documents to be united
  • Proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
  • The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options

Services provided elsewhere

Declaration of existence

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.

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 4 April 2013
Last updated 3 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Information about how to legalise a document added.
  2. New Consular Appointments Booking System uploaded.
  3. First published.