Legalization and Certification of Documents

LEGALIZATION OF GERMAN 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.

 LEGALIZATION REQUIREMENTS

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
    BIC:COBADEFFXXX


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.

 

CERTIFICATION OF KENYAN DOCUMENTS

Certification is only done for documents issued by Kenyan authorities, which are intended for use in Kenya or Germany. The normal processing time is 5 - 8 business days.

This process does not apply for K.C.P.E. K.C.S.E or University doducments. These have to be must be certified by the Kenya National Examination Council directly.

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

(i) Have the original Kenyan document(s) officially legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi

(ii) Once you received the legalized documents back from the Ministry, send the following to the Embassy:

a) The original legalized document.

b) A photocopy of the legalized document.

c) A return DHL shipping label for returning the 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 legalization stamp payable only by bank transfer to the Embassy. Cash payments will not be accepted.   Payments should 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
    BIC:COBADEFFXXX


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.