Authentication of Documents
Eligibility: Sri Lankan Nationals, Foreign Passport Holders of Sri Lankan origin.
Method of submitting application: Directly at the Counters of Consular Division
Places where application form could be obtained: Consular Division, 5th Floor, BOI Building, No. 14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha, Colombo 1.(Application Forms can be obtained from 0600 Hrs)
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Payment for application: Free of charge
Time to submit application: 0730 Hrs – 1300 Hrs
Fees paying to obtain this service:
- Rs. 500.00 per Document for Sri Lankan Passport Holders and Sri Lankan Nationals.
- Rs. 1,000.00 per Document for Foreign Passport Holders
- Rs. 250.00 for Authentication of GCE (OL) and GCE (AL) Certificates
- Rs. 5,000.00 for Authentication of one set of Export Related Documents
Period taken to provide the Service (Ordinary Service and Priority Service) : 30 Minutes to – 1 Hour
General Instructions for Authentication of Documents
- The Document Authentication section is opened from Monday to Friday (Closed on Public Holidays)
- Application forms are issued from 0600 Hrs to 1300 Hrs at the Issuing Counter of Consular Affairs Division (5th Floor of the Board of Investment Building (BOI Building) and accepted for attestation from 0730 Hrs to 1300 Hrs.
- The attested documents are handed over to the applicants from 0830 Hrs by calling the Token Numbers.
- The documents should be handed over to the Consular Division by the applicant. If the applicant is abroad, he/she can authorize another person, who should bring a copy of the relevant page of the passport of the applicant and a letter of authorization, in which the Name and the National Identity Card Number of the authorized person have to be mentioned.
- Only the documents that are issued in Sinhala, Tamil, English and translations of Arabic are attested.
- Attestation of translated documents is done only if the translation was done by a Sworn Translator and the Sworn Translator should clearly mention on his/her letter head or in the seal /stamp, the languages in which he is authorized to do the translations. If a Sinhala or Tamil or English document is translated into Arabic, the particulars of the original document should be mentioned in English in the document that has been translated into Arabic.
- The Consular Affairs Division, when necessary, will forward to the relevant authority for verification of the authenticity of the document. The process would take about 3 weeks and the applicant will be informed of the status by the Consular Division.
- Documents generated by a Court of Justice in Sri Lanka, are attested only after receiving the confirmation from the Registrar of the respective Court of Justice, for which it may take 3-4 weeks. The applicant will be informed of the status by the Consular Division.
Requirements for the Attestation of Documents
|01||Attestation of original copies of Birth / Marriage and Death Certificates||Only Original Certificate should be forwarded for attestation. (Important : Photocopies will not be attested) If Birth / Marriage and Death certificates which had been translated into a national language or an international language are submitted for attestation, they should have been translated by a sworn translator.
|02||Civil Status||An affidavit from the Parent / Next of kin to that effect is required. It should be countersigned by the Registrar of the Sri Lanka Supreme Court, in case it is signed before an Attorney-at-Law or if it is signed before a Justice of Peace should be countersigned by the Ministry of Justice.|
|03||Dependency, Residence Certificates||Certificates issues by the Grama Niladhari should have been countersigned by the relevant Divisional Secretary|
|04||Attestation of Police Clearance Certificates and Other Police Reports||
Certificates issued by the OIC of the Police Station should be submitted along with the Original Receipt (General 172) of payment of fee for the report. (When submitting police clearance report issued by the Police Headquarters, the receipt for payment is not required. In order to certify a copy of a police complaint, an extract of the relevant complaint and the receipt for payment of fee should be submitted.) ÂÂÂ
|05||Attestation of Power of Attorney and Other such Legal Documents||These documents should be countersigned by the Registrar of the Supreme Court|
|06||Affidavits||Any Affidavit should be countersigned by the Registrar of the Sri Lanka Supreme Court, in case it is signed before an Attorney-at-Law or if it is signed before a Justice of Peace, it should be countersigned by the Ministry of Justice|
|07||Attestation of copies of NIC||The NIC should be submitted along with an extract NIC issued by the commissioner of Registration of Persons|
|08||G.C.E. (O/L) and G.C.E. (A/L) Certificates / Certificates issued by the Department of Examinations
||Certificates are attested when those documents are received by the Consular Division from the Department of Examination.
Attestation of copies Passport
The original Passport and the photocopy must be submitted. If not, a copy attested by the Immigration and Emigration Controller should be submitted.
||The original certificate should be submitted along with a copy certified by the Registrar of the relevant University in Sri Lanka.|
Attestation of Higher Educational Certificates and Vocational Training Tertiary Educational Certificates
|The original certificate should be submitted along with a copy certified by the issuing authority as a true copy.|
|12||Driving License||The Driving License should be submitted along with an extract issued by Commissioner of Moter Traffic.
|13||Attestation of Documents certified by "Lanka Automobile Association"
||The documents should have been certified by the Department of Motor Traffic|
|14||Various Export Documents||The procedure of certification differs from document to document. Therefore, please contact the relevant staff officer.|
Staff Officers in charge of the Service
|Asst. Director||Mrs. M.K.B. Wimalasena
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