Documentary services in India
Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission and Deputy High Commissions in India.
The British High Commission/Deputy High Commission can provide a limited range of document services for British nationals in India.
For legal reasons, we cannot provide notarial services, administer oaths or take affidavits in Commonwealth countries. You should contact a local notary. A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in India.
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 India, the UK or a third country.
Services we provide in India
- preparing a No Objection Certificate issued for Adoption
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations or affidavits of marital status, 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 High Commission in India.
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.
We accept payment by Visa and Mastercard credit, debit cards, cash. See the full list of consular fees in India.
Proof of address and identity
For all appointments for documentary 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 documents accepted as proof of address in post as proof of your address.
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For South India (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep Islands).
For Western India(Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh).
For Northern India (NCT Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand).
For Eastern India (West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh) and Bhutan.
- Marriage NOCs
- First-time full validity passports (letters)
- Visa recommendation letters
- Undertaking notarial acts (PDF, 371KB, 1 page)
Services provided by other authorities
British Consular Officers in Commonwealth countries have no powers under the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889 to undertake notarial acts, administer oaths or take affidavits. Anyone requesting such services is referred to a local Notary Public as the competent authority under Indian law.
You can refer to the list of lawyers.
If you still cannot find what you are looking for you can contact us.
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 high commission by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British High Commission will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.
Published: 12 April 2013
Updated: 21 April 2015
- Document has been updated with new information on appointments
- First published.