Notarial acts (notarius publicus):
In accordance with the Norwegian Foreign service Act § 13 Notarial acts, the Embassy in London may perform any act a notary public in Norway is authorised to perform, if this is done on behalf of a Norwegian citizen or the matter is otherwise linked to Norway or Norwegian interests.
This entails the following acts:
- Confirm true copy
- Confirm signatures
- Confirm that a person is alive (life certificate)
The foreign mission can only confirm true copy of Norwegian original documents, for example Norwegian passports, diplomas, birth certificates and residency certificates. This means that the Embassy cannot confirm true copy of British ID-documents or other documents issued in the United Kingdom.
The Embassy in London does not perform marriage ceremonies.
In Norway, the County Governor is delegated the task of legalising documents for use abroad, i.e. documents to be used in a country that has ratified the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. See the County Governor's website for more information (link in Norwegian).
The UK has signed the Hague Apostille Convention. The normal legalisation process for British documents is
- confirmation from a British Notary Public
- application of apostille certificate stamp via Gov.uk
If you need legal assistance, please visit the Law Society's website.