From 20 January 2021, the legalisation function of outgoing public documents issued in Singapore and intended for use in States with legalisation requirements has been transferred from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)


Please note the following procedure to Legalise a NON-Singapore Government-issued document which is to be used in the UAE.




NOTE: Examples of these documents include documents from foreign institutions, private company documents, educational certificates from private schools and universities. These must first be referred to a Notary Public in Singapore (any law firm offering notarial services) for notarisation and then to the Singapore Academy of Law for certification before the documents can be presented UAE Embassy in Singapore or the Singapore Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Singapore Consulate-General in Dubai for endorsement.



Commercial documents such as Invoices, Bills of Sales, Certificates of Origin, Fumigation certificates, etc should be certified or seen by any of the four Chambers of Commerce(International, Chinese, Indian and Malay) or the Singapore Manufacturers' Association before presenting to the Singapore Academy of Law for legalisation. For legalisation of true copies, please present the photocopy together with the original document for verification.



The full legalisation procedure for non-Singapore Government-issued documents is as follows - 



Step 1: Seek the advice of a Lawyer or Notary Public in Singapore to issue a notary certificate for the original document.



Step 2Have the document legalised at the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)


SAL provides service for the legalisation of documents on an appointment basis only. Members of the public who require legalisation service will have to:

(1) submit an online request at;

(2) make payment online by Visa or MasterCard (Note: a Legalisation Fee of S$10.70 (including GST) is chargeable for each document legalised); and

(3) book an appointment to legalise documents at SAL:

i. Once your online request has been successfully submitted and payment has been made, please proceed to book an appointment with SAL by clicking “Appointment Booking”;

ii. An Email Confirmation with the Invoice will be sent to your registered email address;

iii. On your appointment day, please produce a copy of the Email Confirmation and Invoice when you present your documents for legalisation at the SAL Office. Alternatively, you may flash the QR code on the Invoice. 


Address  : 1 Coleman Street, #08-06 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803 
Phone     : +65 6332 4388
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Closed on weekends and public holidays



(Note: Please bring along the original copy of the documents)




Step 3: Have the document legalised at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Singapore

Address: 600 North Bridge Road, #09-01/05 Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
Tel: +65 6238 8206







In the UAE at the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Dubai or at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Abu Dhabi


(Please note that the Singapore Embassy in Abu Dhabi or Singapore Consulate-General in Dubai can only attest or notarise a document that has been legalised by the Singapore Academy of Law)



For further clarifications, please call the Singapore Embassy at +971 2 222 2083 or email at or call the Singapore Consulate-General at +971 4 321 9498 or email at

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