Certification of Documents

Find out more about certifying the documents we need to identify you. 

Who can certify your original documents?

  • Lawyer, Solicitor or an equivalent registered legal professional
  • Notary Public
  • Accountant, Actuary or Tax Advisor who is a member of a recognised professional body
  • Staff member of Al Rayan Bank UK or Masraf Al Rayan    
  • Registered Trust Advisor (STEP - Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners registered only)
  • An officer of an Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of the country of issue of the proof of identity document
  • Commissioner of Oaths
  • Any approved UK government translator or solicitor as per Government list of acceptable translators and interpreters
  • Post Office staff

Certified copies must contain

  •  Full name of the person certifying the copy
  • Contact details e.g. home address or work address and telephone number
  • Occupation
  • Signed and dated to include the words: – Confirmed to have seen the original copy; and – Confirmed as complete/true/accurate (or similar) copy of the original.

In practice, if the individual is an employee (e.g. local authority/embassy officer, post office employee) the relevant stamp of the employer should be affixed to the signature as part of the certification. If the individual is a member of a professional body, the relevant qualification/membership number should be stated. Certifications from Post Office must include the Post Office document certification form.

Please note, the following people cannot certify your documents:

  • A person related to you
  • A person in a relationship with you for e.g. a friend, spouse or partner
  • Someone living at the same address as you

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