Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Serbia

Documents and certificates available at British consulates in Serbia.

Overview

The British Embassy Belgrade can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Serbia. Where local notaries can provide services, the British Embassy Belgrade will not provide them. In many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently. 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 Serbia, the UK or a third country.

Services we provide in Serbia

Consular staff in Serbia can:

  • prepare a document
  • convert a civil partnership to marriage

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI) and giving notice of marriage, 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 Serbia.

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.

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 identity cards as proof of identity. We accept following documents as proof of your address:

  • registration certificate
  • utility bill (not one printed off the Internet)
  • bank/credit card statement (not one printed off the internet)
  • police report if residence permit has been lost/stolen/damaged

Prepare a document in English or the local language

This service is for customers who require a signed and stamped version of one of our standard letters. 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.

We can prepare these documents in English or in the local language. Please ensure you select the correct service and note the difference in fees.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to prepare a document in English in the British Embassy Belgrade

Book an appointment to prepare a document in another language in the British Embassy Belgrade

Convert a civil partnership to marriage

This service is for couples who wish to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage. For information on getting married or entering into a civil partnership, see getting married abroad.

You do not need to have formed your civil partnership in Serbia, but you must have been living here for 28 days. We can only convert civil partnerships formed between two British nationals.

It is our duty to notify you that this kind of marriage cannot have legal consequences in Serbia, be introduced in any legal action, annulled, derogated, divorced or discontinued because of death, while separation, division or inheritance, of goods and assets, would not be possible in accordance with the Serbian Family Law.

Read what you need to know about converting a civil partnership and then book your appointment using the link/links below.

What you will need to bring with you:

  • your passport
  • your partner’s passport
  • your original civil partnership certificate
  • proof of residence, such as an employer’s letter, bank statement, utility bills, immigration stamps or hotel bills
  • the correct fee – see the list of fees

Book an appointment to convert a civil partnership to marriage at British Embassy Belgrade

Other services we provide

  • administering and oath of British Citizenship under the British Nationality Act

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.

Legalise a document

This service is for customers who require confirmation that the signature, seal or stamp on a document is genuine. It does not certify the authenticity of a document or give approval of its content. UK public documents can be legalised by the Legalisation Office.

Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Data protection

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.

Disclaimer

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.

Published 5 April 2013
Last updated 6 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Informative notes added for free download
  2. Details added for online booking system
  3. Updated the information on witnessing Life Certificates for UK state pensions.
  4. First published.