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Authentication of Documents

ATTESTATION / CERTIFICATION  OF  DOCUMENTS

Authentication of Documents

  • The documents originated from Sri Lanka
    • For attestation of a Power of attorney/affidavit, the principal must present the legal document at the Mission in person with the valid Sri Lankan Passport/ National ID and two witnesses (Sri Lankan Nationals holding valid Sri Lankan Passport/ National ID) accompanying the applicant. This Mission will do only the signature certification in the presence of an authorized diplomatic officer of the Mission, assuming no responsibility for the content of the documents.
    • The documents issued by the concerned authorities/institutions in Sri Lanka must be certified by the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Sri Lanka, prior submission to the Mission for attestations/certifications.
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Sri Lanka has introduced a Remote Document Attestation System facilitating Sri Lankan nationals living abroad to obtain the Electronic Consular Certification from the Consular Division of MOFA in Sri Lanka (only for Sri Lankan documents). However, applicants may contact the Consular Division of this Mission for further assistance in this regard.

 

  • The documents originated in the United States
    • The documents issued by the relevant authorities/institutions in the United States such as educational certificates, Birth / Death & Marriage certificates, and police clearance certificates, Power of Attorney documents, Affidavits should have the Apostille or Certificate of Authentication from the Department of State of origin. This Mission assumes no responsibility for the content of the documents and only the signature certification of the attester will be done at this Mission.
    • In order to obtain Apostille or Certificate of Authentication from the Department of State, your document(s) must be notarized first by a qualified Notary/Lawyer where the applicant resides. Then the notarized document(s) must be certified by the Clerk’s Office of the County (County Clerk) where the Notary/Lawyer is registered.

 

You may contact below authorities of relevant states where you reside, for Apostille and Authentication services.

 

New York:        New York Department of State

                              Division of Licensing Services

                              123 William Street, 2nd floor

                               New York, NY 10038

 

New Jersey:     New Jersey Department of The Treasury

                              Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services

                               33 W State Street

                               Trenton, NJ 08608

 

Connecticut: Office of the Secretary of the State

                State of Connecticut

                            30 Trinity Street

                            Hartford CT 06115-0470

 

  • The documents originated from Other Countries
    • The documents issued by the relevant authorities/institutions in other countries must be certified by the State Government in the relevant country of origin. Then the certified documents must be certified by the accredited  Diplomatic Mission of Sri Lanka in the relevant country. This Mission assumes no responsibility for the documents and only the signature certification of the attester will be done at this Mission.

 

CONSULAR FEES FOR AUTHENTICATION & CERTIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS

Revised consular fees as per the Government Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2057/35 dated 09.02.2018 with effect from 01st March 2018.

Consular Function

Fee (USD)

 

Sri Lanka Missions / Posts accept and forward  a document through Electronic Document Attestation System e-DAS for attestation by the Ministry

When the document holder is a Sri Lankan National

25.00

When the document holder is a Foreign National

35.00

 

 

Attestation, certification and authentication (Legalization) of Documents

Caveat order

20.00

Attestation of documents as a Justice of Peace

50.00

Swearing of affirming an affidavit

50.00

Administering an oath or affirmation

50.00

Attestation of Power of Attorney or Proxy

50.00

Issuance of a certified true copy

05.00

 

 

Attestation of a document (except export documents and educational certificates)

(i)  If the document owner is a Si Lankan national

30.00

(ii) If the document owner is a Foreign national

33.00

 

 

Attestation of Educational Certificates

05.00

Attestation of a set of export documents

44.00

 

 

Other Documents

All certificates including life certificate furnished by Sri Lankan pensioners for pension purpose

FOC

Documents relating to burial/ cremation of human remains

FOC

Documents relating to the dispatch of human remains to Sri Lanka

FOC

Issuance of all other letters / Certificates

30.00

 

 

 

Submission of applications

You can submit the application to the consular division of this Mission by post or by hand. The Consular Division is open from Monday to Friday between 09 am to 01 pm EST. The physical and mailing address is as follows:

 

Consular Division

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

820, 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10017

 

Note:

  • For attestation of a Power of Attorney / Affidavit, Applicants only residing in States of  New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are needed to present at this Mission in person with the documents. Signature certifications are not done anyway if the documents received by post.

 

Processing Time

Authentications of documents will take 02 – 04 business days.

Authenticated documents will be returned once completed if the documents are received by post with no defectives. (Counter certifications is provided only for the documents issued and certified by foreign authorities.)

 

Payment Options

Payments should be done at this Mission by cash/money orders/bank drafts/cheques.

Money orders / Certified cheques should be made payable to the “Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York”.

Card payments are not acceptable.


 

For inquiries and further assistance,

 

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York

 

Consular Division

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

820 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10017

 

+1 212 986 - 7040 (Ext: 118)

consular@slmission.com

 

Consular Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Consular Affairs Division

2nd Floor, Ceylinco Building

Janadhipathi Mawatha

Colombo 01

 

+94 112 446 302 / +94 112 338 812

consular@mfa.gov.lk