Documents issued in one country which need to be used in another country must be "authenticated" or "legalized" before they can be recognized as valid in the foreign country. Authentication does not verify the contents of a document, it simply verifies that the document was issued by the agency/organization that is claimed by the seals.
For the purposes of our Consular Section, there are two forms of authentication services: (1) authentication of Qatari documents and (2) authentication of U.S. documents.
Authentication of Qatari Documents
We can authenticate a Qatari document if it was certified by a local government entity whose seal and signature is on file with our Consular Section. A consular authentication in no way attests to the authenticity of the contents of a document, but merely to the seal and signature of the issuing authority.
To have a Qatari document authenticated, please visit the Consular Affairs Department of Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located in the Old Salata area behind the Al Seef Hotel on Al Mathaf (Museum) Street, not far from the Museum RA. The MFA Consular Affairs Department will authenticate the document. Once the MFA authenticates the document, please make an appointment to bring your document to the U.S. Embassy through our appointment system and follow the rest of our notary service application instructions.
Note: The U.S. Embassy can only provide an authentication service after the MFA Qatari Consular Affairs Section seal and signature are placed on the document. We also will not provide this service if the "chain" of authentication has been broken.
Authentication of U.S. Documents
We cannot authenticate a U.S. document. Nearly all U.S. documents are issued by local authorities in the U.S. and need to go through a several step authentication process.
First step: A document must first be authenticated by the local authority that issued it, such as a city, town or county. For academic credentials and degrees, the school registrar should execute an affidavit attesting to the validity of the document before a notary public in the registrar's office or elsewhere at the university.
Second step: The document must then be authenticated by the respective Secretary of State from the state in which the document was issued. Please visit the website for the Secretary of State of your state to learn how obtain the appropriate state level authentication.
Third step: Once a U.S. document has been authenticated by the state in which it was issued, you must then send the document to the U.S. Department of State's Authentications Office.
Fourth step: After the U.S. Department of State has authenticated a document, the document must be forwarded to the Embassy of Qatar in Washington, D.C.
Final step: You must take the document to the Consular Affairs Section of Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as listed above. Once the MFA Consular Affairs Section authenticates the Embassy of Qatar's seal and signature, your document is ready for use in Qatar.
If you have any questions or concerns about the authentication process, please contact us.