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Legalization of official documents

Legalization of official documents

In the age of globalization, the interests of every interest are rarely all centered in one place, varying from education, marriage, divorce, and work, all these aspects can be in different states, which will require legalizing and sometimes translating related documents before the competent authorities.

However, Courts and legislators begin to adapt to new situations and solve the resulting problems from them by enacting laws and procedures to facilitate the progress of the system.


In case you are having an international affair such as international divorce, acquiring international inheritance, trying to adopt a child with another nationality from you, etc., in most cases, Governmental institutions do not accept official documents from a foreign Country unless the documents are legalized by the country that issued it.
And seeing that Egypt has not joined The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents so documents from Egypt cannot be legalized by Apostille and they will only be recognized abroad after consular legalization.


The Documents Legalization is a very lengthy procedure. It has to be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The document can then be finally legalized by the state of destination’s embassy in Egypt. This might be frustrating and takes time, but you can contact us at ALZAYAT Law Firm, and we will be as quick as efficient to help you finish your business as soon as possible.


Our experienced team of lawyers can help you plenty of Documents Legalization such as: extracts from your commercial register, certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage, and divorce), educational documents (school reports, certificates, and diplomas), judicial decisions, notarial certified copies of documents, notarial certified translations and further notarial documents such as (authorizations, last will, declarations).


On the other hand, any document issued abroad can be legalized for the use in Egypt. The procedure corresponds to the legalization of Egyptian documents abroad: it has to be notarized by both the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country concerned before it can be legalized by the Egyptian Embassy.

Egypt requires to authenticate all commercial documents that originate outside the country.

All commercial and business contracts and/or documents must be notarized and certified to be legally recognized by the Government of Egypt.

For a commercial Documents Legalization to be used in Egypt, a company must follow the following steps:

  • Authenticate the document by a Notary Public
  • Certify the document by the relevant ministry of the concerned country
  • Certify the document by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the concerned country
  • Authenticate the document by the Egyptian Embassy in the concerned country or the appropriate consulate having jurisdiction.

To legalize a commercial invoice or certificate of origin, a company must:

  • Have the document signed by the company representative and notarized
  • Certify the document with the ministry of Foreign Affairs in the concerned country
  • Authenticate the document by Egyptian Embassy in the concerned country, or the appropriate consulate having jurisdiction.

The legalization of a document is a very lengthy procedure. It has to be authenticated by the concerned authority according to the document’s type as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The document can then be finally legalized by the country of destination’s embassy in Egypt.


At ALZAYAT Law Firm, with our experienced team of lawyers, with years of experience at international affairs, especially when it comes to documents’ legalization and with our vast governmental connections all over the world, it will be our pleasure to help you preparing all your documents for use with professionalism and precision and as fast as possible.

alzayat international law firm is one of the few major law firms with a sophisticated worldwide Private Clients practice. Our unparalleled global resources allow us to provide one-stop, comprehensive service to meet all of our clients’ needs, wherever in the world their assets or family members may be.


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