Letter of Credence

A letter of credence is a special letter that is usually only sent between the heads of state of various countries. Its main purpose is to grant diplomatic accreditation to one of the states agents. In simple terms, this could mean making someone the official ambassador between two countries. It is important to note that the contents of the letter is only effective once the receiving state accepts the offer of credence.

Sample Letters

Letter of Credence Sample

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

The government of Norway wishes to appoint Marcus Ovskin as an ambassador between our two countries. He has been an upstanding politician in our country for a long time, and we believe he will do a good job filling this post.


His responsibilities will include:


– Verifying that all trade issues between our states are handles professionally and without corruption.


– Up keeping relations between our two countries, through weekly meetings and formal dinner parties.


We hope that you will accept Marcus Ovskin as an ambassador between our countries. We believe this will be the first step in establishing a long lasting relationship between Norway and Canada.



Svend Carrlson, Norway

Letter of Credence Sample 2

Mr President,

Please accept this offer of credence,

I have the pleasure to announce that the Government of Sweden has submitted the following names for Governor and Alternate Governor of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, as per Article 6, Section 2(a) of the Agreement Establishing the IFAD and Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of the Governing Council.


Governor: Erik Johansson

Alternate: Hellmut Wenstrom


These nomination were made with full consideration of the post in question and not by any other basis.


With assurances of my highest consideration,


Timme Widerberg

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden