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Attesting Documents – United States


Start with Step 1.  Then take or send the resulting document(s) to the office listed in Step 2, then take or send the document(s) to the office in Step 3; and so on. All steps must be completed with the ultimate goal of having the document(s) attested by a U.A.E. Consulate or Embassy. We recommend you check the Web site of each organization or speak to them before proceeding as many of these organizations have specific hours for the receipt and delivery of documents, strict requirements for the submission of the document(s) and you will need to check the timelines and fees.

Please call the U.S. Federal Information Center toll-free at 800 333 4636 or visit their Web site for further advice and directions, as well as address and telephone information for the various states.  This office is open Monday through Friday.

You will find more information on attesting documents under the U.S. Citzen Services sections of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate in Dubai Web sites:

Step 1

Original or a photocopy of document signed and stamped by a Notary Public

Step 2

Send the notarized copy to the following office for endorsement:

County Clerk of the county in which the document was commissioned.

* This step may be omitted if the Secretary of State (Step 3) will directly certify the Notary Public’s signature.

Step 3

Send the notarized copy to the following office for endorsement:

Secretary of State of your State of Residence or in which the document was executed.

Step 4

Send the notarized and endorsed document to the following for endorsement:

U.S. Department of State
Authentications Office
State Annex 1
518 23rd St, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 202 647 5002
Web Site:

Step 5

Send to the U.A.E. Embassy for attestation:

U.A.E. Embassy
Suite 400
3522 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: 202 243 2400
Web Site: