New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Authentication/Attestation of documents

Authentication of a document is usually required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents.

GCC states require documents to be processed in different ways, some require documents to be authenticated, some require them to be authenticated and notarised (attested), some require apostille certificates to be attached. Check with the requesting organisation what they require.

Once you have determined what process is required for your document (e.g. attested, authenticated, apostille certificate), refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Authentication of Documents, as this explains the process from beginning to end.

For specific information about the authentication of a document and the issuing of apostille certificates (handled by the Department of Internal Affairs), refer to the Department of Internal Affairs website.

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