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. After Akin Gump has verified the documents, companies must submit the paperwork for legalization to either the Embassy or to the respective Consulate covering the State in which the company is based. For Consulate/Embassy coverage and further information on the legalization process, please click here.

Document Verification by Akin Gump

For detailed Document Verification instructions, fee information, and relevant forms, please click here. 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 or Consulate. 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 ($45 fee for each)
  • Commercial invoice fee (see below)
  • Invoices must have the total amount stated in US dollars
  • Any other certificate, as required


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

Value of Invoice ($) Fee ($)
1 - 2,500 30
2,501 - 7500 60
7501- 15000 120
15,001- 22,500 180
22,501 - 37,500 240
37,501 - 62,500 300
62,501 - 125,000 390
125,001- 250,000 450
250,001 - 500,000 600