All You Need to Know about Document Authentication in Qatar

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Authentication or legalization of a document refers to the process in which country X recognizes a document issued in another country Y as valid so that the document can be used in country X. This is not a verification of the content of the documents. It only ensures that the document is issued by the same agency whose seal is appearing in that document. 



Consular Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the nodal agency that authenticates documents of different kinds issued in Qatar. The request for authentication along with the document that needs to be authenticated can be submitted at the legalization section at the administration building of the department. The documents can be submitted from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm here. Alternately you can approach Governmental Services Centers in Musaimeer, Alwakra, Um Selal, Alzubara. These centers work in two shifts, 7.30 am to 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm (except Alzubara). Diplomatic and consular missions under the supervision of the Consular Affairs Department will also receive the request for authentication. 


Generally a fee of QR100 has to be paid if the specific fee is not mentioned for any particular document or contract. The death certificate and certificate that issued when joining Islam are exempted from fees.  

Types of Documents

The Consular Affairs Department authenticate various kinds of documents that include mainly civil documents, personal status documents, educational documents, medical documents, judicial documents and commercial documents. 

The Civil Documents include: 

Letters issued by government and private entities and pertaining to employees, whether Qatari citizens or residents, contracting with such entities.

Letters issued by agencies under the supervision of government entities and departments for the citizens and residents.

Letters issued by the diplomatic missions authenticated by the State of Qatar.

Letters issued by the citizens themselves and authenticated by the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Judiciary Council or the Ministry of Interior.

Letters of introduction, clearance and no-objection to residents, issued by their respective companies or agencies that are members of Qatar Chamber, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs or the Ministry of Economy & Commerce.

Employment contracts concluded with residents, partnership contracts and all that is related to companies as well as papers related to employees of companies and institutions.

For the following particular documents, the fee for authentication is QR50. These documents are: General Power of Attorney, Special Power of Attorney, Surety Bond, Property Sale Contract, Property Lease Contract, Mortgage Contract, Security Deposit Bond

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