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 certifies the genuineness of signature or stamps and/or seal made by the authorized officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cameroon. . 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.


  1. Get a Notary Public to notarize the document — if required to be used abroad otherwise you may skip this particular step.
  2. Take the document to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and complete the authentication forms at the Ministry.
  3. Make a payment of the prescribed fee and submit proof of payment.
  4. After the payment, the applicant may submit the document(s) required to be authenticated at the appropriate desk in the ministry.
  5. Apply for the document to be legalized at the relevant embassy and make payment of the prescribed fees at the embassy.
  6. Where the document is to be certified through a lawyer or agent, a registered Power of Attorney may be given to such an attorney.

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. 


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

  • Birth certificate or Attestation of Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate
  • Single status affidavit
  • Police character certificate
  • Cameroon International Passport Data Page
  • Academic documents (results, degree certificates and transcripts)
  • Incorporation documents
  • Authorization letters
  • Declaration of asset
  • Bank statements
  • Sponsorship letters, etc.

In conclusion, legalization of documents like birth certificate, police character certificate or marriage certificate without notarization and authenticated at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, where educational certificates are to be legalized, the procedure is same except it will be authenticated at the Ministry of Education first before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs authenticates.

Finally, it is worthy of note to state 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 ones 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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