Power of Attorney documents for use in the UAE – Authentication and legalization, or attestation

Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2013

If you need a Power of Attorney for use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whether it is for personal or commercial purposes, it will need to be authenticated and legalized, also commonly referred to as “Apostille” or “Attestation”.

What is the authentication and legalization process?

In order to have your Power of Attorney recognized in the UAE, you need to have it authenticated and legalized. The document authentication and legalization process involves three steps. First, the Power of Attorney must be signed and stamped by a Canadian Notary Public. Next, you must have your document authenticated at the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). Then, it must be legalized at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

Can you manage the process yourself?

You can manage the authentication and legalization of your Power of Attorney yourself.  However, you must consider any deadlines you may have, as well as the requirements of both DFATD and the Embassy of the UAE. Currently, DFATD’s authentication mail in processing time is 15 business days. If your documents are not prepared correctly, they will be rejected.

At International Documents Canada (IDC) we manage the authentication and legalization of Canadian Power of Attorney documents on your behalf. Contact your IDC specialist to discuss your specific needs and to make sure it is done right! Call us toll free at 1-888-433-1011 or visit us at idocscanada.ca .