How someone in Croatia can get documents legalised, witnessed or certified, take an oath of British citizenship and obtain informative notes.
If you are a British national in Croatia and need urgent consular assistance, contact our 24/7 number on + 385 1 6009 100, choosing 2 for consular. If your enquiry is of a non-urgent nature, please use the form on our website to contact us. You can find the form here.
The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Croatia.
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. 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 Croatia, the UK or a third country.
Services we provide in Croatia
Consular staff in Croatia can:
- make a certified copy of a UK passport
- legalise a document (only legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificates of no impediment (CNI) or certificates of custom and law, 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 Croatia.
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 credit and debit cards (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro) in GBP or cash in the local currency (Croatian Kuna) on the day of the appointment.
Proof of address and proof of 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 following documents as proof of your address:
- 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
Make a certified copy of a UK passport
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 (both the plastic card and paper document are required) and British divorce decrees.
What you will need to bring with you:
- the document that you need a certified copy of
- the correct fee – see the list of fees and Payment section above
- proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
Download information notes
We have produced the following information notes (also known as standard letters) that you can download free of charge to present to local authorities:
Legalise a document
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 of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.
Services provided by other UK authorities
- legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
- 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
- certificates proving you are NOT British
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.
Services provided by local Croatian notaries or lawyers
- 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
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.
Local notaries and lawyers
- list of local lawyers
- you can use the European Directory of Notaries in order to find an English-speaking notary in your nearest city.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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 FCDO and the British embassy/consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.
For all notarial and legalisation services it is 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.