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Certification, Notarization, Legalization

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01.12.2017 - Article

Certifying a signature (“Unterschriftsbeglaubigung”)

By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document was physically present and signed it in front of him or her. It is a simple form of authenticating a signature.

The signature must be executed in person in the presence of the consular officer or must be acknowledged in his presence. No advice about the legal meaning of the document to be signed is provided. However, in order to avoid legal status for a document that actually contains unlawful content the document must be in German and English language in order to be understood by the Consular Officer.

Notarization of Copies

Notarized copies can be made at the Consular Section of the German Embassy when the original document is presented and the certified copies need to be used for a German national or for a German authority/institution. If the copies are notarized by a notary public, please make sure that the notary public certifies on the copy that it is a true copy of the original (i.e. for example "This is a true copy of the original")

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Please bring the original document as well as a copy of the same.

Legalization of German Certificates to be used in Kuwait (e.g. for applying for a residence Permit)

Documents are often only recognized by the authorities of another state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure. But even formally authentic foreign documents have on occasion been discovered to contain inaccurate information. It must therefore be confirmed in the process of international recognition that documents that are to be used abroad were both issued from the responsible agency and are factually correct.

What is a legalization?

How can I get my German certificate legalized?

Please note that after having received the prior certification/validation and in case you need your document legalized for Kuwait (e.g. Residence Permit application), please get in touch with the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Berlin http://www.kuwait-botschaft.de/


Legalization of Kuwaiti/Foreign Certificates to be used in Germany

Documents are often only recognized by the authorities of another state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure. But even formally authentic foreign documents have on occasion been discovered to contain inaccurate information. It must therefore be confirmed in the process of international recognition that documents that are to be used abroad were both issued from the responsible agency and are factually correct.

·         What is a legalization? 

·         Foreign Public Documents to be used in Germany

In order to legalize a document by the German Embassy in Kuwait, you must ensure the following:

-  Documents must be issued by a Kuwaiti Authority.

-  Please note that the German Embassy in Kuwait only issues legalizations for original official documents. Private documents will not be legalized. Photocopies or certified photocopies may not be legalized. Documents must be issued by a Kuwaiti authority. Documents not issued in Kuwait cannot be legalized by the embassy. This also includes documents issued by other Embassies or entities in Kuwait.

Before arranging an appointment for the legalization of documents, please ensure getting the necessary certification/verification from the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs   of the State of Kuwait first.

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