A marriage certificate is a document which legalizes the marriage between couples. It is an official record/proof that the marriage has taken place.
Getting your marriage certificate attested is quite a long process which requires moving to various concerned departments in the couple’s native/home country as well as in UAE.
The marriage certificate has to be attested in the country where the marriage was solemnized as well as from the country where the family visa is being applied.
Marriage certificates are to be attested in order to acquire a suitable family visa in UAE. Also this is required so that the couple can live together in UAE. In UAE, there is a minimum salary requirement of AED4000 to get the family visa.
Steps to be taken in both countries are summarized below:
Where the marriage was solemnized:
Getting the marriage certificate attested in the Home Affairs Department in your home/native country.
Next step is to get the certificate attested by the Ministry of External Affairs in your home/native country.
On completion of the above two steps, the certificate should be submitted to the Embassy of the UAE in your home/native country.
Where the family visa is being applied i.e. in UAE:
The departments to attest the certificate include
Dubai Courts Notary Public
Documents like the original marriage certificate and other supporting documents like Passport / ID proof will have to be verified. The attestations are no longer being done in the Dubai courts .The branches at the Al Towar & Al Barsha branches are open till 8 pm for this purpose. Timings are 7.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8pm. The two branches in DED & DM follow regular Government office timings.
Al Twar Centre
Al Qusais, Tel: 04-2639000
Al Barsha/Bur Dubai Traffic Department
The Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice is on the 5th floor of Al Serkal Building, Near Dnata/Airport Cargo Village, Dubai.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in Bur Dubai in the Bastakiya area, near the Omani and Jordanian consulates
After all these procedures, the marriage certificate will look like a thin book bound with coloured ribbons. Care should be taken so as not to tamper with the ribbons as this will invalidate all attestations.
The average fees that will be asked for have been given below. Please note that these are just average figures.
Dubai Courts Notary Public -AED 110
Ministry of Justice -AED 52
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs -AED 150
Points to Note:
The laws and regulations related to attestation are subject to change as per the Government mechanism. This may also be a lengthy procedure. So it is always good to check with the Employer or Embassy for confirmation before starting the process.
For further information, please check the below links:
Given below is the link to different Consulates in UAE: