Procedure for MOFA attestation in Saudi Arabia

In order to make any degree, birth certificate or another document valid for official use outside Saudi Arabia, you need to go through the MOFA attestation procedure from Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam. 

Similarly, a document issued by a foreign country needs to go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' attestation process in KSA to be valid in Saudi Arabia. We have explained the MOFA attestation process and requirements in detail below.

Fill the MOFA attestation form

The first step to do MOFA attestation is to go to their Website through this link and fill an online form. Scroll down a little bit and click on E-Services there.

A new page will open containing different services you can get out of this link. As you are looking for the MOFA attestation, you need to select “Ratification Services on Documents” which also means attestation of documents.

The next page will be containing all the details of the service you are taking. Read it once and click on the button “Start the Service” at the end of the page.  You can get the following services from here.

  • Verification of Educational Documents.
  • Ratification of agencies and marriage contracts.
  • Verification of commercial documents.
  • Letters verification.
  • Verification of personal status.

In the next step of MOFA attestation, you need to fill an online form giving your personal details like name, iqama number, mobile number, etc. The mobile number will be used to send a verification code at the end of the procedure.

mofa attestation online

In the next step, just scroll down a little bit and you will find an option to “add new document”.

Once you click there, a small window will pop-up from where you will have to select the type of document you want to attest from the MOFA and the number of documents.

As I was doing the attestation of only one Birth Certificate from the MOFA, I have selected the same.

mofa attestation online

Once you click on the close button in the above screen, a document will be added to your account.

In the next step, enter the captcha code in the given box and click on the “submit” button to move ahead.

mofa attestation online

Pay the MOFA attestation fee

Now the system will generate a bill number that you need to pay through SADAD. The MOFA attestation fee for the birth certificate is SR 30.

Make sure you take a print of this document as it is required in every office of the MOFA be in Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam. Recommended: How to pay the MOFA attestation fee?

In case you have paid the MOFA attestation fee by mistake or you don't need the service anymore, you can easily refund the fee. Recommended: How to refund the MOFA attestation fee?

mofa attestation fees

MOFA attestation requirements

Make sure you fulfill all the below requirements before visiting the MOFA office for document attestation.

  1. Filled and paid application form (explained above).
  2. Arabic translation of documents.
  3. Original Iqama.
  4. Foreign documents (degree, marriage certificate) must be attested by the Saudi Embassy.
  5. Letters issued by employers must be stamped by the chamber of commerce.

MOFA attestation requirements

Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office

After successfully submitting the online application for MOFA attestation, try to find the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam near to you. We have given you some map locations of the MOFA buildings in the important cities of Saudi Arabia.

Try to be there early in the morning. There are separate counters for companies and individuals. Make sure you take a token for Individuals.

It is important to mention here that you can attest your own documents or documents of your dependents. They will not attest to your cousin or friend's documents if you carry them with you.

MOFA stamp

Birth certificate attestation for Saudi Arabia

In order to apply for the Iqama of a newborn in Saudi Arabia, you need the MOFA attestation on Birth Certificate.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened an office in each Ahwal Madani office in Saudi Arabia to do this job.

Birth Certificate MOFA attestation

Make sure you pay the MOFA attestation fee before visiting the Ahwal Madani office and take the Birth Certificate directly to their counter as soon as you get it.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.