HOW TO LEGALIZE DOCUMENTS IN CAMEROON

INTRODUCTION 

Legalizing documents in Cameroon connotes the certification of a document, which has already been authenticated.  It is a process by which a Foreign Embassy in Cameroon  or the Ministry of External Relation in Cameroon certifies the genuineness of document , signature or stamps and/or seal. The question, how to legalize documents in Cameroon is on every lip enough reason why we shall briefly highlight the stages in this write-up.

HOW TO LEGALIZE DOCUMENTS IN CAMEROON

  1. Give a Power of Attorney to our firm to represent in the entire process especially when interested party is abroad. 
  2. Submit original documents as no document in Cameroon is legalized without citing of the originals.
  3. We shall officially write the External  Relation Ministry requesting the concerned documents be legalized 
  4. Complete the legalization  forms at the Ministry of External Relations.
  5. Make a payment of the prescribed fee for legalization 
  6. Fiscal stamp and certify true copies from the original 
  7. After the payment, the applicant may submit the document(s) required to be legalized  at the appropriate desk in the ministry of external relation
  8. Apply for the document to be legalized at the relevant embassy  where necessary and make payment of the prescribed fees at the embassy concerned.

It is crystal clear that the procedure in legalizing documents in Cameroon is very strict and non-compliance will render the entire process a nullity enough reason why we recommend individuals and corporation who seek legalization , to seek the services of experts so resources and time can be preserved. 

TYPES OF DOCUMENTS SUITABLE FOR LEGALIZATION

We can’t discuss on how to legalize documents in Cameroon without highlighting suitable legalization documents.

  • Birth certificate of a child or adult 
  • Marriage certificate of couples
  • Divorce certificate
  • Single status affidavit
  • Police clearance  certificate
  • Cameroon International Passport Data Page
  • Academic documents (results, degree certificates and transcripts)
  • Company incorporation documents
  • Authorization letters
  • Declaration of asset
  • Bank statements
  • Sponsorship letters, etc.

In conclusion , it is worthy of note that some documents may not be suitable for legalization. For instance, most embassies will not legalize any documents in conflict with their domestic legislation or its content may inflict harm to the citizens of their own country. And where any document appears with a strange seal or stamp that is not consistent with the once used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it will also be rejected for legalization.

Article by Barr. Mafany Victor Ngando

Kinsmen Advocates Law Firm

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