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Attestation of Documents

General Guidelines 

Attestations of various documents such as Marriage Certificate, Power of Attorney, Educational Certificate, Commercial documents for business houses trading with Bangladesh or the documents required to be submitted to the authorities in Bangladesh are done by the High Commission. 

Documents originating in Bangladesh must first be attested by the authorised officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka meeting necessary requirements. Documents originating in Australia/New Zealand/Fiji have to be first attested/authenticated by the concerned authority (i.e. Foreign Ministry/Department of that country) before its submission to this High Commission for attestation. Please check with the concerned authorities (DFAT/MFAT) for their specific procedures for authentication/attestation of the documents. 

Power of Attorney/Affidavit (Holofnama)/Statutory Declaration

For attestation of Power of Attorney/Affidavit (Holofnama)/Statutory Declaration or similar documents, the applicant will have to appear in this Mission in person. Please note that the High Commission does not attest content of the document, instead it attests the signature of the signatory. Hence the signatory has to come to the High Commission in person and sign on the document before the Consular Officer.

Personal appearance before the Consular Officer of the High Commission is not obligatory if the document is attested by Department/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the respective government of Australia/New Zealand/Fiji or by the Honorary Consul General / Consul of Bangladesh. (Applicants are requested to check with their DFAT/MFAT regarding their procedures for getting documents attested).

Please click here to see the Power of Attorney Rules-2015 enacted by the Ministry of Law, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on 23 July 2015. The complete set of instructions and samples of conferring Power to Attorney, Affidavit, Cancellation of Power of Attorney etc are available there.

Documents to be submitted:
  • An application addressed to the Consular officer, Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra mentioning the purpose of service with applicant's contact details.
  • The original “power of attorney document” and a set of photocopies.
  • Two copies of recent passport size photographs each of the Principal and Attorney 
  • Executant’s Bangladesh passport (valid or expired)/National ID or his/her passport of Australia/New Zealand with NVR endorsement.
  • Proof of payment.
  • In case of sending the documents by mail after having it attested by the relevant authorities in Australia/New Zealand/ Fiji, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier. (Please see more on Modes of Delivery)
Fees:

Fee for this service will depend on the size of the document. For each set of document, fee for the first page is A$ 11.00. For each subsequent page, the fee is @ A$ 6.00 per page. 

Modes of Payment: (Click here) 
Please note:
  • The High Commission is not responsible for documents lost or delayed in mail / Courier.
  • For applications in person- please appear at the High Commission between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on working days. No application in person would be received beyond this time except in case of emergency.  
Educational Certificates

All educational certificates/documents issued by institutions in Bangladesh must first be attested from the relevant educational institutions/board of education/university, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, Dhaka before submitting at the High Commission for attestation. Certificates issued by institutions in Australia/New Zealand/Fiji, have to be first attested/authenticated by the concerned authority (i.e. Foreign Ministry of that country) before its submission to this High Commission for attestation. Please check with the concerned authorities (DFAT/MFAT) for their specific procedures for authentication/attestation of the documents.

Documents to be submitted:
  • An application addressed to the Consular officer, Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra mentioning the purpose of service with applicant's contact details.
  • Certificates to be attested (after duly authenticated by the appropriate authority/ies) and a set of photocopies.
  • Proof of payment.
  • In case of sending the documents by mail, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier. (Please see more on Modes of Delivery).
Fees:     

A$ 15.00 (per copy)

Modes of Payment: (Click here) 
Please note:
  • the High Commission receives application by mail or directly at the High Commission in person. It does not process any application sent by email.
  • The High Commission is not responsible for documents lost or delayed in mail / Courier.
  • For applications in person- please appear at the High Commission between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on working days. No application in person would be received beyond this time except in case of emergency.  
Verification of Bangladesh Driving License

The High Commission does not attest the Bangladeshi Driving License. On receipt of the request, the High Commission forwards the copy of the license to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) for verification of its genuineness. On receipt of the response from BRTA, the High Commission issues a certification.

Documents to be submitted:
  1. An application addressed to the Consular officer, Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra mentioning the purpose of service with applicant's contact details.
  2. Copy of both sides of Bangladesh Driving License.
  3. Copy of the data pages of Bangladesh Passport.
  4. Proof of payment.
  5. In case of sending the documents by mail, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier. (Please see more on Modes of Delivery).
Processing Time

Applicants are expected to receive the certificate in one month provided that the verification process at the BRTA does not take additional time on which the High Commission has no control.

Fees:

A$ 15.00

Modes of Payment: (Click here) 
Please note:
  • the High Commission receives application by mail or directly at the High Commission in person. It does not process any application sent by email.
  • The High Commission is not responsible for documents lost or delayed in mail / Courier.
  • For applications in person- please appear at the High Commission between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on working days. No application in person would be received beyond this time except in case of emergency.

 

Police Clearance Certificate

(Apply through postal mail/courier/in person) (not by email):

The High Commission does not issue Police Clearance Certificates for Bangladesh or foreign nationals. The documents required to be submitted to the concerned Department in Bangladesh for police clearance are attested by the High Commission on request of Bangladesh nationals. For foreigners, the High Commission forwards the application to the concerned authorities in Bangladesh in specific case described in the following paragraphs.

A. For Bangladesh nationals

Documents that the High Commission will attest:

  1. An application addressed to the concerned Commissioner of Police/ Superintendent of Police/ Officer-in-Charge in Bangladesh (in accordance with the permanent address of the applicant) mentioning the authorized person's details who will submit the application and collect the police clearance certificate from the Police Authority.
  2. Photocopy of the Bangladesh Passport.

Documents to be submitted

  1. Original passport is required. A certified copy will serve the purpose in the absence of original. (Certification/attestation may be done from any authorized person in Australia or New Zealand like Councillor/JP//GP/Teacher/Notary Public/Solicitor/Public Servant about their identity).
  2. Proof of payment.
  3. In case of sending the documents by mail, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier. (Please see more on Modes of Delivery).

Processing Time:

1-2 working days

Fees:

A$ 15.00

Modes of Payment: (Click here) 

Please note:

  1. The High Commission receives application by mail or directly at the High Commission in person. It does not process any application sent by email.
  2. The applicant may submit the application through online using the link: http://pcc.police.gov.bd:8080/apex/f?p=500:1:::::: or send by mail to the concerned Department in Bangladesh.
  3. Applicant has to authorize a person (in-writing) in Bangladesh to collect the police clearance certificate on his / her behalf from the concerned police office when it will be issued.
  4. The High Commission is not responsible for documents lost or delayed in mail / Courier.
  5. For applications in Person- Please appear at the High Commission between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on the working days. No application in person would be received beyond this time except in case of emergency.
B. For foreign nationals

Foreign nationals are advised to apply through their respective diplomatic missions of their countries in or accredited to Bangladesh. If in case they do not have diplomatic representation in Bangladesh, they may apply at this High Commission as per following procedure: 

Documents to be submitted:

  1. ​An application addressed to the High Commission (mentioning the period, address & purpose of stay in Bangladesh).
  2. Photocopy of relevant pages of passport(s) held during stay in Bangladesh showing name, photograph, date and place of birth, date of issue and expiry, visa(s) and dates of entry and exit.
  3. Photocopy of relevant pages (bearing name, photograph, date and place of birth, date of issue and expiry) of the existing Passport.
  4. Photocopy of any other photo identity, if any, held during stay in Bangladesh.
  5. Photocopy of similar documents, mentioned above, or work permit of father or mother or legal guardian if the applicant lived in Bangladesh as a dependent child.
  6. In case of sending the documents by mail, please send a self-addressed pre-paid registered return envelope (requiring signature on delivery) or arrange pre-paid return courier. (Please see more on Modes of Delivery).

Fees:

A$ 15.00

Modes of Payment: (Click here) 

Please note:

  1. The High Commission receives application by mail or directly at the High Commission in person. It does not process any application sent by email.
  2. The High Commission forwards application along with other documents of foreign nationals to the concerned authority in Bangladesh. On receipt of the certificate from Bangladesh, the High Commission forwards the certificates to the applicant.
  3. The High Commission is not responsible for documents lost or delayed in mail / Courier.
  4. For applications in person- please appear at the High Commission between 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on working days. No application in person would be received beyond this time except in case of emergency.