Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy in Thailand.
The British Embassy Bangkok can provide a range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Thailand.
Where local notaries can provide services, the British Embassy Bangkok 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 relevant links to make an appointment.
Before booking, please make sure you have selected the correct service and that the document will be accepted by the relevant authority. This could be the local district (Amphur), registry office, tax authorities, immigration office, ministries or another authority either in Thailand, the UK or a third country.
Services We Provide in Thailand
Consular staff can provide the following services only:
- affirmation of marital status
- affirmation of residency
- certified copy of British passport, British driving licence or UK educational certificate
- letter confirming pension/income for retirement visa in Thailand (postal application only)
For information about documents relating to marriage, such as affirmations/affidavits of marital status, please see getting married abroad.
If you cannot find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by the British Embassy in Thailand.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
Please see the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring. Make sure you have acceptable proof of 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 (Thai Baht) on the day of appointment. Consular fees
Proof of Address and Identity
For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring your passport for official proof of identity.
If proof of address is required, we accept a driver’s licence, utility bills and postal mail showing your full name and local address or house registration.
Affirmation of Marital Status
If you are a British national intending to marry in Thailand, you will need to make an affirmation of marital status.
Information on the affirmation of marriage template, and other documents required for marriage in Thailand, can be found on the information about getting married abroad.
Please note that this service is available for British nationals intending to marry in Thailand only. We cannot administer an affirmation to confirm your marital status if you are already married, divorced or widowed. You should present your marriage certificate, divorce decree absolute or your late spouse’s death certificate.
Same Sex Marriages/Civil Partnerships
These are not recognised in Thailand. Therefore we cannot process documentation for a same sex marriage, even if the marriage is proposed to take place in a third country.
Affirmation of Residency
This service is provided for British nationals required to make an affirmation of residency in Thailand. The affirmation template will be available at your appointment for you to complete.
What You Will Need to Bring with You:
- Proof of identity – see what we will accept as proof
- Proof of address - we accept a driver’s licence, utility bill, house registration book, rental contract showing your full name and address
- The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
This service is for customers who need certified photocopies of:
- British passports: by appointment only
- UK degree certificates: by postal application or appointment
- British driving licenses: by appointment only
The fee is determined by the number of pages requiring certification.
Certified Copies of British Passports
What you need to bring with you:
Certified Copies of UK Degree Certificates
This service can be provided in person by booking an appointment or via postal application.
By Post: further details on how to make a certified copy can be found on Postage application for certified copies (PDF, 227KB, 3 pages) .
We are unable to certify photocopies of British marriage, divorce, criminal record, name change, birth and death certificates, as these should be applied for through the General Register Office.
Certified Copies of a Minor Child’s Passport
If you require a certified copy of your minor child’s passport, you must provide written authority from both parents together with both original passports. Your minor child does not have to be present, provided both parents are present and provide evidence that they are related to the minor child as claimed. Where only one parent can be present, the absent parent must provide a letter of authorisation plus their original passport.
What you will need to bring with you:
- Original document to be copied (photocopies and laminated documents are not accepted)
- Proof of identity/address – see what we will accept as proof
- The correct fee – see the list of fees and payment options
Other Services We Provide
Consular Letter Confirming Pension/Income for Retirement Visa in Thailand
We are able to issue a standard letter addressed to Thai Immigration confirming your pension/income to support the renewal/extension of your retirement visa. This letter is a Thai requirement and the granting of the visa is at the sole discretion of the Thai Immigration authorities, not the British Embassy Bangkok.
This service is only available by postal or email application (PDF, 157KB, 2 pages) .
Information on applying for this letter can be found on the information about How to obtain a pension/income letter for Thai Immigration.
Transferring Your Thai Visa for Replacement Passports
If you had a Thai visa or exemption stamp in your previous passport, this can be transferred into your new passport. Information about this service can be found on Visa Transfer Information (PDF, 102KB, 1 page) .
Services Provided Elsewhere
Legalising a Signature or Seal
Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on an official public document is genuine. UK public documents such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates can be legalised by the UK government in the UK. This is also known as an apostille.
More information on how to get your UK document legalised for use in Thailand can be found on Three Steps of Legalising a Signatures or Seal (PDF, 142KB, 1 page) and Legalisation Infographic (PDF, 168KB, 1 page) .
We no longer provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession (PDF, 17.8KB, 2 pages) who can do this for you.
Recognition or Validity of Marriage
We do not provide the recognition of marriage and only Courts in England and Wales can recognise a marriage under English and Welsh Law, for more information please see Information Note on Recognition or Validity of Marriage (PDF, 302KB, 1 page) .
Services We Cannot Provide
- Witness a signature on a Power of Attorney
- Any form of affirmation, affidavit or statutory declaration to confirm identity, family relationships or marital status (unless it is to marry in Thailand, please see above for Affirmation of Marital Status)
- Statutory declaration for common law relationships - common law marraige is not recognised under UK or Thai law
- Statutory declaration to support your educational visa extension in Thailand
If you have been requested to obtain a document from the British Embassy Bangkok which is not listed above, please email us at: ConsularEnquiriesBangkok@fco.gov.uk
The British Embassy Bangkok is not responsible for any costs incurred through booking an appointment for a service that we cannot provide. If in doubt, please contact us for advice.
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 British Embassy Bangkok by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy Bangkok 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 British Embassy Bangkok will be accepted.
Published: 26 January 2014
Updated: 24 June 2016
- Updated content on 24 June 2016
- Updated consular fees as of 6 June 2016
- Updated consular fees as of 6 April 2016
- Updated consular fees as of 7 March 2016
- Changes to Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit section and Make a certified copy of a document section
- Updated to Services provided elsewhere section
- Changes to Legalising a signature or seal section
- First published.
- Fee changes
- Changes of Consular fees
- Fee changes
- Consular Fees - Effective 10 September 2013
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