This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Learn about our Privacy Policy.

Marriage Certificate Attestation

Marriage certificate attestation is essential for couples seeking to recognise their union in the UAE, especially for family visa applications. A marriage certificate, which involves notarization and attestation by both the home country's Ministry of External Affairs and the UAE Embassy, ensures the marriage is legally valid in the UAE. It's a key step for accessing legal benefits and formally establishing the couple's relationship within the country, streamlining their transition to life in the UAE.

What is a marriage certificate?

A marriage certificate is a legal document that proves marriage between two people. The certifications are issued by a government authority such as a court or a registry office and include information about the couple, such as their names, ages, occupations, and the date and place of their marriage.

What is a civil marriage in the UAE?

A civil marriage is a secular legal union between a man and a woman of any religion, nationality, or ethnicity, regulated by UAE Personal Status Law. Couples of various faiths or nationalities who are unable to wed in their home countries or religious institutions prefer it. The marriage certificate is legally recognised in the UAE and offers benefits such as inheritance rights and joint property ownership.

How do I attest a marriage certificate for the UAE?

  • Obtain the certificate from the marriage officer who conducted your marriage ceremony. Provide your identification documents and those of your spouse.
  • Attest the certificate issued by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, either in person or through an authorised service centre.
  • Translate the certificate into English or the required language if you plan to use it outside the UAE for visa or residency purposes. Use a translator who has received approval from the UAE Ministry of Justice.
  • Optional: Further attestation of the marriage certificate by the Embassy of your home country in Dubai, depending on your requirements.

Is a marriage certificate attestation mandatory for a family visa in the UAE?

A marriage certificate attestation is mandatory to obtain a family visa in the UAE. To establish the relationship between the sponsor and their spouse and to show that the marriage is valid, the relevant authorities and MOFA Dubai attest the marriage certificate. Other documents required for a family visa include passport copies, a UAE residence visa, a salary certificate or employment contract, a tenancy or accommodation contract, and birth certificates (for children).

Marriage certificate attestation for a family visa in the UAE

  • Notarize the marriage certificate: The first step is to have a notary public in the nation where the marriage took place notarize the certificate.
  • Ministry of External Affairs Attestation: After notarization, the marriage certificate must undergo attestation by the foreign ministry or foreign affairs of the home country. This step involves verifying the authenticity of the marriage certificate and ensuring that it meets the legal requirements of the home country.
  • UAE Embassy Attestation: Once the home country's Foreign Affairs Department has attested the certificate, the next step is to get it attested by the UAE Embassy in the home country.
  • MOFA Attestation in Dubai: After UAE Embassy attestation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dubai must attest the marriage certificate in the UAE.
  • Translation (if required): If you plan to use the marriage certificate outside of the UAE, especially for purposes like applying for a visa or residency in another country, you may need to translate it into English or the language required by the foreign Embassy

Optional attestation by the foreign Embassy in the UAE: Depending on your requirements, you may need to get the attestation of the marriage certificate further authenticated by the Embassy of your home country in the UAE.

Benchmark Attestation Services in Dubai

Benchmark Attestation is a reputable name that provides marriage certificate attestation in the UAE and anywhere in the UAE. You can depend on our legalisation experts, who will provide timely updates and delivery of your attested documents!

Contact our attestation experts through our hotline at +971 52 888 4714 or Landline at +971 4 396 1284.

Contact Us