Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Bucharest
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. You can use the European Directory of Notaries in order to find an English-speaking notary in your nearest city.
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 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.
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.
Please note there is no equivalent to a ‘Certificate of celibacy’ or of a ‘Certificate of matrimonial capacity’ in British law, so you’ll need to download the official note which explains this.
Download the ‘Explanatory note in lieu of Certificat of celibacy’
If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please 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.
Fees for consular services are paid at the embassy on the day of the appointment and can be paid by local and UK credit/debit card or in cash. Consular fees are not refundable.
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 residence permits as proof of identity.
We accept residence permits, utility bills (not one printed off the Internet), bank or credit card statements (not one printed off the internet), as proof of your address.
Make a certified copy of a document
This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of British passports, UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website).
What you will need to bring with you:
- the document to be copied
- proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
- the correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options.
Services provided by other authorities
legalising UK documents/certificates: Legalisation Office
providing copies of British birth, death & marriage certificates: General Register Office
information on marriage in the UK: GOV.UK
certify your fingerprints: Metropolitan Police UK
pension certificates: Department of Work and Pensions
taxation & UK National Insurance contributions certificates: HM Revenue and Customs
renewing of British driving licences or provide certificates regarding British driving licences: DVLA
UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau checks): DBS
certificates confirming British Nationality: UK Border Agency
applications for renunciation and naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen: UK Border Agency.
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.