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Legalisation

When a Danish document has to be used abroad, it often has to be legalised in Denmark first. Documents have to be  legalized in The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark before The Danish Consulate General can attest it.

The legalisation procedure for Danish documents:

1. Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2. UAE's embassy in Copenhagen (Address: Havnegade 39, 1058 KĂžbenhavn K. Phone: 0045 77 99 32 60)

3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The UAE

If your documents have been attested by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark and UAE's Embassy in Copenhagen, you can bring your documents directly to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE.

Documents attested by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE

The Consulate General can attest all documents attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.  

 

What is Legalisation?

Legalisation is a confirmation that the signature on a document is genuine. The actual legalisation process consists of a stamp (Apostille) and a signature. Legalisation does not have anything to do with the contents of a document.

 

The Legalisation procedure

Since 01.01.2007, most documents only need to undergo one single legalisation process at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is thus no longer necessary, for example, to have a civil marriage certificate legalised at the Ministry of the Interior or a diploma legalised at the Ministry of Education prior to legalisation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Certain documents require more legalisation processes. There are, however, exceptions to the new, simplified legalisation procedure, see information about private documents (e.g. powers of attorney), export documents, and countries outside the Apostille Convention.

Original signature

The document must bear an original signature of the authority that has issued it in order that it can be legalised. If the signature can be accepted, the document is legalised by means of a stamp and a signature.

Maximum 3 months

In some cases documents may be a maximum of 3 months old at the time of legalisation. This applies, for example, to birth and baptism certificates, church marriage certificates, printouts from the national register, and extracts from police records. However, marriage certificates from civil weddings may well be older than 3 months at the time of the legalisation.

For further information please visit the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website