Iceland Apostille Service

Certify documents issued in Iceland for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Iceland for international use
Apostilles in Iceland can be obtained for official Icelandic documents such as Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates, Criminal Record Certificates, as well as documents notarised by a District Commissioner (notarius publicus).

Icelandic Apostille stamps are issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Documents needed for submission in non-apostille countries will need additional attestation by the accredited embassy of the recipient country.

  • Isarey offers expedited Apostille services in Iceland. Apostilles are processed in 2-3 working days
  • We work with all major embassies to attest Icelandic documents, including the embassies of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in London, and the Vietnamese embassy and Taipei Representative Office in Denmark.
  • We can obtain criminal record certificates locally in Iceland for clients requiring apostille stamps or embassy legalization.

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Icelandic Documents that can be authenticated with Apostille Stamps

  • Birth, death and Marriage Certificates

    Apostille Iceland birth certificate, marriage or death certificates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Reykjavík, as well as Certificates of Marital Status and History. Original paper certificates are required, issued by Order certified copies of Iceland birth, death and marriage certificates Registers IcelandExternal link (opens in new tab)
    Printed digital certificates are not valid for an Apostille Stamp.
  • Criminal Record Certificates

    Apostilles on Iceland Criminal Record Certificates are available from the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A paper certificate is required, which can be obtained from any District CommissionerExternal link (opens in new tab) office (printed digital certificates are not valid).
    Please contact us for assistance obtaining your criminal record certificate or police background check from Iceland.
  • University diplomas and Transcripts

    Icelandic degree certificates and course transcripts can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after being notarised by a District Commissioner (notarius publicus). Degree certificates required for submission to authorities in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are then attested by the embassy in London. Degree certificates required for Taiwan or Vietnam must be attested in Copenhagen (Vietnamese embassy and Taipei Representative Office in Denmark).
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Iceland.
  • Incorporation Documents

    Certify Icelandic corporate documents including certificates of incorporation, certificates of good standing, articles of association, board resolutions for use abroad.
  • Trade documents

    Apostille Icelandic certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents

Isarey provides document attestation services in Iceland to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Icelandic documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Iceland

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Icelandic Documents

Icelandic documents can be legalized for cross-border use by means of Apostille Certification or Consular Legalization

Apostille Certification

An Apostille Stamp is a simplified procedure of international attestation. When affixed to documents, Apostilles are directly recognised by the authorities of over 120 countries (Signatories of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents Hague Apostille ConventionExternal link (opens in new tab)) as certifying the document’s validity, without requiring additional certification.

Since Iceland is a signatory to the convention, Isarey can assist by obtaining Apostille Certification for Icelandic documents so that they are valid for official use in other signatory countries, including: NL NetherlandsNetherlands - ES SpainSpain - IT ItalyItaly - PT PortugalPortugal - GR GreeceGreece - CY CyprusCyprus - FR FranceFrance - GB United KingdomUnited Kingdom - SA Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia - US United StatesUnited States - DE GermanyGermany - CN ChinaChina

Consular Legalization
Consular Legalization is required when a document from Iceland is to be used in a non-signatory country. In this case, following authentication by authorities in Iceland, the document must be certified a second time in Iceland by the embassy representing the country where the document is to be used.

Countries which do not recognise Apostille certification and require consular legalization include: QA QatarQatar - KW KuwaitKuwait - AE United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates - TW TaiwanTaiwan - VN VietnamVietnam

Certified Translation

Where Icelandic documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Iceland Document Resources

External resources and news about Icelandic documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Iceland Document Resources
Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates
Order a Birth certificate
Order a Birth certificate
Certificates can be ordered online (IceKey (Íslykill) or digital certificate required, and will be delivered as digital certificates to your registered Postbox on Í, by mail to your legal registered address or for collection from the office of Registers Iceland in Reykjavík
Order a Death certificate
Order a Death certificate
Certificates can be ordered online (IceKey (Íslykill) or digital certificate required, and will be delivered as digital certificates to the applicant's registered Postbox on Í, by mail to the applicant's legal registered address or for collection from the office of Registers Iceland in Reykjavík. The individual ordering the certificate has to have some connection to the deceased.
Order a Marriage certificate
Order a Marriage certificate
Certificates can be ordered online (IceKey (Íslykill) or digital certificate required, and will be delivered as digital certificates to your registered Postbox on Í, by mail to your legal registered address or for collection from the office of Registers Iceland in Reykjavík.

A marriage certificate is not issued when a marriage has been terminated due to e.g. divorce or death of a spouse. In such cases, a A list of registered changes to an individual‘s marital status with dates, e.g. unmarried, separated, divorced , widow/er, names of spouses, birth dates/ID numbers and current marital status. Certificate of Marital HistoryExternal link (opens in new tab) has to be ordered.
Order a Certificate of Marital Status
Order a Certificate of Marital Status
A certificate confirming current marital status, e.g. unmarried, separated, divorced, widow/er or marital status unknown. Note that this certificate only contains information on current marital status, along with the date of the last change of registration.
Criminal Record Certificates
Criminal Record Certificates
Iceland criminal record certificates may be downloaded digitally or obtained in person from any office of the District CommissionerExternal link (opens in new tab) (Sýslumaður). To obtain a digital certificate, an Icelandic electronic ID and ID number (Kennitala) is required.

To obtain an Apostille stamp or legalization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a paper certificate is required (a printed digital certificate is not valid), and must be applied for in person from an office of the District Commissioner.
Isarey is able to obtain criminal record certificates in Iceland on behalf of clients requiring an Apostille stamp or legalization. Please contact us for assistance.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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