Birth certificates are the only form of identification for children. It contains the child’s legal name, place of birth, and the names of the parents. As such, attesting a birth certificate is essential to any applications you fill out for your child in the future, at least until they come of age.

A birth certificate is categorized as a non-educational or a personal document, an important distinction since it decides which relevant authorities will process the attestation. Usually, personal documentation is sent to different government ministries and administrations before the attestation is completed. These authorities include:

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  • The Government from the Country of Origin
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Country of Origin
  • The Embassy of the Country of origin in the new country
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which asked for the attested copy
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the country asking for the document

During the attestation of birth certificates, your documentation passes through checks and balances enforced by each department. Benchmark Attestation Services in Dubai can help you with the legalization procedures by taking on the hassle of dealing with government agencies.

Our agents are thoroughly professional in authenticating certificates and records for various kinds of documentation, including legalizing birth certificates. We ensure that our customer representatives are within reach 24 hours a day for any questions our clients might have about the procedures or the progress of their applications.

The Process of Birth Certificate Authentication

For us to get your birth certificate attested, we will require you to present us with the following documents:

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  • Original Copy of the Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the National Identity Cards of the parents
  • Passport copies of parents
  • Parents and applicant’s visa page copy
  • Authorization letters requesting the attestation of the birth certificate
  • Passport-sized photographs

Once you’ve submitted these documents, our agents will follow through with the whole certification procedure, which is as follows:

1. All the relevant documentation and birth certificates are submitted to the government department that issued the certificate in the first place. This is to have the document verification from the country of origin.

2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin is contacted to confirm the attestation. They make a record of the person who authenticated the document.

3. After the certification process, the issuing country’s embassy will contact the Department of Foreign Affairs to finalize the reception of the documents to be legalized.

4. The documents are received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the country, asking for the authentication of documents.

This is the final step in the procedure and marks the completion of the birth certificate attestation process. Once the Ministry approves the attestation stamps or seal, the certificates are sent back to you.

Next, you have to pursue the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Irish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Governors’ Offices of Jersey, Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, or the Isle of Man and Guernsey, as per the region of origin and issuance of your documents. You have completed 50% of the attestation process by completing this step.