Legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country’s legal system will recognize it as with full legal effect. To legalese a document, the competent authorities simply sign and stamp it.
When presenting a document originating in one country for use in another, often the receiving party requires legalization of the document to verify the authenticity of the signature and seals of the public official who executed, issued, or certified a copy of the document
How does legalisation work?
The steps you must take to have a document legalised vary by country. It depends on the agreements made between the country receiving the documents and the country where the document comes from. Tell us the country you need your documents to be legalized so that we may advise on the steps you must take
What steps need to be taken when legalising documents?
Legalising a document involves taking certain steps in a certain order. ‘Country C’ is the country the document comes from:
Officers from a competent authority in Country C checks that the competent authority has signed the document or authorities in Country C. Usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Country C. After approval, the documents shall have to be stamped or a sticker shall have to be placed on the document. This process implies to the country receiving the documents that the documents has been issued by a competent authority in Country C.
The authorities in the country receiving the documents checks the document and endorse another stamp or sticker on it. Usually done by the embassy, consulate-general or honorary consul of the country receiving the documents in Country C.
A number of countries have made agreements saying that not all these steps are required. Or that they are not required for certain types of documents. The Apostille Convention is one of these agreements.
We assist our client to process legalization of their documents; the most common documents are;
- an official copy of a birth certificate,
- Marriage Certificates
- a certificate of unmarried status
- Death Certificates
- Power of Attorney
- Copy of Passport
- Copy of Driver License
- Commercial Invoice and receipt
- Authorization Letter
- Travel Consent Letter
- Articles of Incorporation
- a divorce certificate
- a death certificate
Contact Alin Law Care about Applying for Legalization of your Documents in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria
If you are seeking a representative in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and/or Nigeria for processing legalisation of your documents we encourage you to give us a call. To speak with our experts for assistance; WhatsApp +255753610909 or contact us online today.