Document Authentication for Saudi Arabia Guide

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Tue Jan 18 2022

Is Saudi Arabia a part of the Hague Convention?

No, Saudi Arabia is not participating in the Hague Convention. Therefore, documents coming from Saudi Arabia will fail to be legalized by apostille. Documents can only be valid abroad once they have undergone consular agent legalization. This process is done with authentication of the signature and seal of foreign documents. The corresponding embassy of the country where the documents will be used shall be held responsible.

 

Legalization for foreign documents use in the country of Saudi Arabia

All foreign documents are required to be legalized prior to being used in Saudi Arabia. In control of this process are the embassies and representations of Saudi Arabia around the globe.

 

Legalization for documents originating in Saudi Arabia for foreign use.

 The official way to legalize documents from Saudi Arabia will vary depending on which country the documents are intended to be used. It is recommended to contact the corresponding states’ embassy or your selected consular for assistance.

 

Notarized Corporate Documents Authentication for Saudi Arabia

Documents have to be notarized by local notary publics in the same state where the documents were issued. The preferred option is for the corporations to have the documents certified by the Secretary of State in which the notary is licensed prior to the request for the Saudi Embassy Legalization.

Corporate documents are:

  • Certificate of Existence, Certificate of Formation, Certificate of Good standing, Articles of incorporations, Amendments..etc.
  • Affidavit, Power of Attorney, Contracts, Bylaws…etc.

 

Legalization of Commercial Documents for Saudi Arabia

Legalization of Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice are required for the processing of all export shipments to Saudi Arabia. Documents need to be signed by a corporate agent and then notarized by a notary public in which the documents are issued. The Arab American Chamber of Commerce Stamp shall also be obtainable upon request.

 

Certificates of Status ( Marriage, Death, Birth, Divorce)

  • All documents are required to be certified and need to bear the seal of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Documents are required to be authenticated by the State Department Authentication Division.
  • Payment needs to be made via the mofa.gov.sa site or an authorized visa office.
  • Documents have to be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United States.

 

Corporate Documents

  • Documents are required to be certified with the seal of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Documents must have authentication from the State Department Authentication Division.
  • Payment needs to be made through the mofo.gov.sa site or by an authorized visa office.
  • Documents need to be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United States.
  • Commercial certification of origin and invoices only need to be notarized by a notary public.

 

Power of Attorney Documents

  • Notary Public (normally by the county court clerk) from where the document was issued.
  • Documents are required to be certified with the seal of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Documents must have authentication from the State Department Authentication Division.
  • Payment needs to be made through the mofo.gov.sa site or by an authorized visa office.
  • Documents need to be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United States.

 

Education Documents

  • Notary public from where the document was issued.
  • Documents are required to be certified with the seal of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Documents must have authentication from the State Department Authentication Division.
  • Payment needs to be made through the mofo.gov.sa site or by an authorized visa office.
  • Documents need to be sent to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the United States.

 

University Degrees

  • Degrees (bachelor, master, & PhD) need to be authenticated by The Saudi Cultural Mission.
  • Payment needs to be made through the mofo.gov.sa site or by an authorized visa office.
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