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Notarial and documentary services guide for Iceland
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- 10 April 2013
Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Reykjavík.
The British Embassy Reykjavik can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Iceland. Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases the district magistrate, 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. 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 Iceland, the UK or a third country.
Services we provide in Iceland
Consular staff in Iceland can:
- 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 the information on 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 Iceland.
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 cash in the local currency 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 as proof of identity. We accept utility bills or proof of legal domicile from the National Registry in Iceland as proof of your address.
Make a certified copy of a document
This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports.
What you will need to bring with you:
the document that you need a certified copy of
proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
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:
- the documents to be united
- the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
- proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
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.
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: 10 April 2013