Guidance

Notarial and documentary services guide for Slovakia

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available from the British Embassy Bratislava.

Overview

We issue a range of legal documents for British nationals.

Where local notaries can provide services, the British embassy 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. 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 Slovakia, the UK or a third country.

Consular fees for certificates or notarial services are non-refundable even if they are not accepted by the requesting authority; it is therefore important that our customers carry out all necessary checks before any services are applied for. Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the embassy on the day of the appointment and can be paid by credit card or in cash.

The services we provide in Slovakia:

Consular staff in Slovakia can:

  • administer oaths, affirmations and affidavits
  • make a certified copy of a British passport

For documents relating to marriage, such as a certificate of no impediment (CNI), please see getting married abroad.

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 list of consular fees

Payment

We accept payment by cash in EUR or embossed Visa and MasterCard cards.

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 local residence cards, or letters such as utility bills or bank statements as proof of your address.

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit in front of a consular officer. 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. It is possible to send us the suggested text of the declaration in advance to bratislava.consularenquiries@fco.gov.uk

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the oath, affirmation or affidavit that you will swear or affirm
  • the correct fee – see the list of consular fees and payment options
  • proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof

Book an appointment for an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Bratislava

Make a certified copy of a British passport

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

What you will need to bring with you:

  • the document that you need a certified copy of
  • the correct fee – Consular Fee 6 – see the list of consular fees and payment options
  • proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof

Book an appointment for certified copies in Bratislava

Services provided elsewhere

Please note that we no longer provide true copy/certified copies of UK educational documents. You may wish to contact a solicitor or notary public in the UK to find out whether they offer this service and whether they can help you obtain an Apostille when you are overseas. To find one, please use the links on the Legalisation Office website or at the Faculty Office website.

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.

As of August 2013 Slovak authorities no longer require British nationals resident in Slovakia to provide a certificate of no impediment (CNI) issued by the British embassy. For documents relating to marriage, please see getting married abroad.

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 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 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 will be accepted.

Published 21 May 2013
Last updated 20 August 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added new information regarding notarial and documentary services and how to make an appointment.
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