Legalization of Documents

Legalization is only done for documents issued by German authorities, which are intended for use in Kenya. The normal processing time is 5 - 8 business days. You will be informed by the Embassy if your legalization is to take longer than the stated time-frame.

These are the necessary steps to take before sending the documents to the Embassy:

(i) Have the original German document(s) officially translated into the English language by an sworn translator.

(ii) With the translation and the original, go to a Notary Public and have the official translation notarized.

(iii) The notarized document must then be apostilled by a judge at the local district administrative court.


Once you receive the apostilled document(s) back from the court, send the following to the Embassy:

a) The original apostilled document

b) A photocopy of the apostilled document

c) A registered and self-addressed A4-size envelope for returning the legalised document and official receipt to the applicant.

d) A bank transfer receipt of the legalization fee of Euros 26.00 for each original document with an Apostille payable only by bank transfer or EC-Debit card at the Embassy. Cash payments will not be accepted. Payments can be made to the Kenyan Embassy using the following details:
    Embassy of the Republic of Kenya
    Commerzbank Berlin
    IBAN: DE63 1004 0000 0266 0140 04

If you opt for a bank transfer, please indicate your full name and in brief, the purpose for the payment, or services desired, attach a copy of the bank transfer form or Überweisungsbeleg to your application and mail the same to the Embassy. This procedure will help us to serve you faster.