Commercial Invoices & Shipping Documents

Commercial Invoices & Shipping Documents

As of October 5th, 2015, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC will only legalize and authenticate commercial documents that have been submitted for Document Verification to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the Embassy of the UAE's exclusive Verification Agent, at their Washington, DC office. Instructions for this two-step process are below.

Document Verification by Akin Gump

For detailed Document Verification instructions, fee information, and relevant forms, please click here (link is external). The office is located on 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1564. For any inquiries, the phone number is 202-416-5250 and email is

Documents certified by any other entity will not be accepted nor legalized by the Embassy. Please note the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) certification stamp will no longer be accepted after October 9th, 2015.

Embassy Legalization and Authentication Requirements and Fees

Requirements for Commercial Invoices

  • The Embassy accepts money orders or cashier's check only issued by a US based bank, made payable to: The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

  • A Certificate of Origin ($40.84 fee for each)

  • Commercial invoice fee (see below)

  • Invoices must have the total amount stated in US dollars

  • Any other certificate, as required


You can also process payments online through the E-payment Gateway found on the Ministry's main website.  For convenience, we posted the links below.

If you choose to pay online, please be sure to bring your payment confirmation email and reference number with your documents.
To avoid any delay please make sure that the fees are appropriately calculated by the following steps:

- The invoice total full value before any deduction such as down payment or discount.

E-payment Gateway Individual Services: (link is external)

E-payment Gateway Business Services: (link is external)

Please see the following table and fee calculator to determine the correct fee.

For certificate of origin and other certificates fees are $ 40.84 each.

Value of Invoice ($)

Fee ($)

0 - 2,733


2734 - 8200




16401- 24,600


24,601 - 41,000


41,001 - 68,333


68,334 - 273,333


273,334- 544,596


For values of $500,001 and above, enter value in $:
(No Commas Please)


Electronic Payment Gateway

E-Service for Legalization

UAE Diplomatic and Consular Missions and Attestation Centers

It's with great pleasure that we announce the implementation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation a Payment Gateway to support its valuable customers.

Through the Payment Gateway, you can perform a variety of payments for most of the services offered by United Arab Emirates foreign missions. This also offers you convenience of saving time and efforts in processing your transactions.

The Payment Gateway option can be accessed through the ministry`s main website: (link is external)

Procedures are as follows:

1- Select desired service (Invoices, Attestation, etc.)

2- Companies and Individuals must create a new user profile under New Registration

  • Companies can leave Emirates ID blank

3- Fill out form on website

4- Enter Payment Card Details and Complete Payment Process

  • Only VISA and MasterCard accepted

5- Drop off or mail in original documents to the Boston Consulate

6- Consular Specialist will then:

  • Check Invoice

  • Verify Validity of Akin Gump Stamp

  • E-Label to be printed and pasted on document

  • E-Label will then be signed and stamped by Consul General

  • Document to be returned to customer

7- The Status of the Application can be viewed under Pending Applications

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