Notarial and documentary services guide for Singapore
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- 10 May 2013
Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British High Commission in Singapore.
For legal reasons, we’re unable to carry out notarial acts in Commonwealth countries. This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, you should contact a local notary. A list is available on the Singapore Academy of Law website.
Documents originating in the United Kingdom
Documents issued in the UK can be certified or authenticated by the Legalisation Office in the UK.
The Legalisation Office accepts applications by courier from Singapore.
The British High Commission in Singapore will not be able to legalise/notarise or otherwise endorse documents issued in the UK, including British passports, marriage certificates, birth certificates, educational certificates, divorce certificates, power of attorney, contracts, etc.
A standard letter is available to confirm we do not offer these services in Singapore.
Documents originating in Singapore
Documents originating in Singapore do not have to be legalised by the Consular Division at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they can be accepted in the UK.
If you have any queries please write to us at Consular.Singapore@fco.gov.uk.
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations or affidavits of marital status, see getting married abroad.
Prepare a document in English
If you are not habitually resident in the UK, you will not be adopting under UK adoption law, you will need to follow the adoption process in the country where the adoption is being conducted. You will require a letter of no objection which merely states that you are not habitually resident in the UK and that therefore the High Commission has no further role in your undertaking an adoption abroad. Click here for guidance on Inter country adoption and list of designated countries:
Please note that the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore, has stated that British nationals will not be allowed to adopt a child in Singapore:
What you will need to bring with you for a letter of no objection:
- Original written evidence to support your request for a letter from the Consulate
- Adopter(s) original passport
- A statutory declaration from a lawyer to confirm habitual residence
- The correct fee – see the list of fees. We accept payment by cash in Singaporean currency or by Visa/MasterCard on the day of the appointment.
Book an appointment for preparing documents in English with the Consular section.
Published: 10 May 2013