Romania: notarial and documentary services

How someone in Romania can get documents certified or united and obtain informative notes.


The British consulate can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Romania.

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.

Some services may be available by post. 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 Romania, the UK or a third country.

Please note that your local British embassy cannot confirm whether the relevant authorities abroad will accept the documents, only the relevant authority can do so.

Services we provide in Romania

Consular staff in Romania 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, please 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 Romania.

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 Visa, MasterCard, or 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 or national identity cards as proof of identity.

We accept Romanian ID cards or residence permits, utility bills and bank statements (received by post, not printed off websites) as proof of your address.

Make a certified copy of a document

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:

Book an appointment to make a certified copy in British Embassy Bucharest

Unite documents

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:

This service is offered only in combination with making a certified copy of a document if your document is more than one page long. Therefore there are no separate appointment slots available for it.

Legalise a document

If you need to send your UK educational certificate for legalisation, the British Council office in Bucharest can provide verification of the original document and help you with sending it to the Legalisation Office for an apostille.

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: Information note: Explanatory note in lieu of certificate of celibacy

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.

Data protection

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 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 4 April 2013
Last updated 11 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated link to the National Union of Notaries Public from Romania

  2. Updates about consular services provided by British Embassy Bucharest

  3. new online booking tool

  4. Revert to ClickBook online appointment system

  5. Changes to notarial services in Romania

  6. Contact details for notarial services updated

  7. First published.