Notarial and documentary services guide for Zimbabwe

Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Harare.


There is no specific formal requirement for a notarial service or certificate to be provided by the British consular section in Zimbabwe. Local notaries or lawyers can sometimes provide these services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply than the British embassy.

You may want to check with the relevant authority that our consular certificate or service will be accepted. The British Embassy cannot confirm this information on your behalf.

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 as proof of identity.
  • We accept a letter from your place of employment or doctor certifying your place of residence as proof of your address.


We accept payment in cash (United States Dollars only) on the day of the appointment.


Refunds of consular fees are not given should the certificates or notarial services not be accepted by the requesting authority. Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the consular section and must be in US Dollars cash.

Our services

Witness a signature

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appoinment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, or witness deed polls..

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment to witness a signature in Harare


Please see our information on getting married abroad.

Police clearance certificates

We can’t issue police clearance certificates. Please visit the Criminal Records Bureau for more information.

Published 1 July 2015