What is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is a country’s government department. It is responsible for maintaining bilateral relations with other countries and framing its foreign policy, which is among some of its primary duties and responsibilities.

The department is also responsible for local and foreign document verification that other relevant government departments have attested. After verifying the documents, the department forwards the attested and verified copies to the country’s local embassy, which requires the attestation.

Processes involved for attestation of Documents for UAE

There are three main categories of documents that require authentication. They are segregated based on their nature, shared characteristics, and the relevant government department, which needs to be contacted to get them certified. They include:

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  • Educational Documents
  • Non-Educational or Personal Documents
  • Commercial Documents

Certificates that Need Attestation from MOFA

Here are some of the most commonly attested documents ascertained by the frequency of their submission to the MOFA for attestation purposes:

Educational Documents

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  • School Leaving Certificate
  • School Transcript
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Transcript Certificate
  • Higher Education Certificate
  • Diploma Certificate
  • Degree Certificate
  • D. Degree Certificate
  • Any locally-recognized and international program degrees

Non-Educational or Personal Documents

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  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Death Certificate
  • Divorce Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Employment-Experience Certificate
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Driving License
  • Succession/Guardianship Certificate

Commercial Documents

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  • Power of Attorney
  • Special Power of Attorney
  • Export Invoice
  • All legal and state-recognized commerce and trade documents

Documents which MOFA does not attest


Here is a list of some documents which are not allowed to be attested by MOFA. They are:

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  • National Identity Cards
  • Passports
  • Domicile Documents
  • Immovable Property Documents

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is a government institution that does the first and final step of attesting documents and certificates for many purposes – educational, personal, and commercial procedures.

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