Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Lebanon

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at British consulates in Lebanon.

Introduction

The British Embassy Beirut can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Lebanon.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British consulate will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply.

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 Lebanon, the UK or a third country. Refunds of consular fees are not given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority.

Services we provide in Lebanon:

Consular staff in Lebanon can:

  • legalisation of a signature
  • administer an oath or affirmation
  • witness a signature
  • make a certified copy of a British passport
  • prepare a document in English

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and 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 embassy in Beirut

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 payment for any fees. See the full list of consular fees.

Payment

We accept online payment in US dollars by credit or debit card only. Or cash in Lebanese Lira.

Legalisation of a signature

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content.

Book an appointment to legalise a signature at the British Embassy Beirut

Please note that we do not legalise a foreign document to be used in the UK, as there is no necessity. Any foreign document can be translated into English by a sworn translator and used in the UK without the need to legalise it by the British Embassy.

We have stopped legalising signatures of Non-represented Commonwealth countries. Please see the information note. Legalisation Information Note (PDF, 290KB, 2 pages)

Administer an oath or affirmation

This service is for people who need to administer an oath, affirmation or Statutory Declaration ( Affidavit, Affirmation of Marital Status ). 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 professional.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the oath or affirmation that you will swear or affirm
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
  • proof of identity and address

Book an appointment to administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit at the British Embassy Beirut

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 witness signatures on wills or Power of Attorney documents.

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
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
  • proof of identity and address

Book an appointment to witness a signature at the British Embassy Beirut

Make a certified copy of a document

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

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the British passport that you need a certified copy of (in person)
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
  • proof of address

Book an appointment to make a certified copy at the British Embassy Beirut

Make a certified copy of UK educational documents

The British Council can provide a certified copy of UK educational documents to be used in Lebanon (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website.

Various informative notes and letters

This service is for customers who require a stamped version of one of our standard information note letters. You can download it free of charge to present to relevant authorities, such as Schengen missions.

In a limited number of cases consular staff can write a statement of fact (‘preparing a certificate’) to help British nationals with various local authorities. The wording must be cleared with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, which means these documents will take longer to prepare.

We can only provide this service if we have proof that the wording/content you require is correct and unambiguous. This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it. Please contact the consulate before making an appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • original written evidence to support your request for a letter from the Consulate
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
  • proof of identity and address

Services provided by other authorities

Disclaimer

The Foreign & 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.

Published 10 April 2013
Last updated 2 November 2017 + show all updates
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