Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Iraq

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy, Baghdad and British Consulate, Erbil in Iraq.

Overview

There are two British missions in Iraq - the British Embassy in Baghdad and the British Consulate General in Erbil. The Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate General in Erbil may be able to offer some notarial services, including witnessing a signature, administering an oath/affirmation and certifying copies of British passports.

If there is no specific formal requirement for a notarial service or certificate to be provided by the British mission, local notaries or lawyers can sometimes provide these services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply. Check with the relevant authority (eg the local authorities, registry offices, tax authorities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Residency Office etc) either in the UK, Iraq or a third country that our consular certificate or service will be accepted.

We cannot confirm this information. Only the relevant authority can provide this confirmation. You can get examples of the wording of the consular certificates to present to the relevant authority for advice. Request a sample certificate from the local consular team.

We will not refund consular fees paid for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority. Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the mission on the day of the appointment and can be paid in cash, US dollars only.

Book an appointment

An appointment must be made for each service. You can book an appointment at the British Embassy Baghdad by emailing baghdad.consularenquiries@fco.gov.uk. You can book an appointment at the British Consulate General Erbil by emailing enquiries.erbil@fco.gov.uk.

Services we provide at the British Embassy Baghdad and British Consulate General Erbil

  • witnessing a signature
  • administering an oath or affirmation
  • certifying copies of British passports

Please also see our additional information on marriage.

Services provided by other authorities

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please refer to the list of services which may be provided elsewhere.

If you still cannot find what you are looking for you can contact the embassy or consulate.

Data Protection

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at www.ico.gov.uk). 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 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 Embassy 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 22 April 2013
Last updated 4 February 2014 + show all updates
  1. Details added of services available from other authorities
  2. First published.