Benin Document Attestation

Certify documents issued in Benin for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Benin for international use

Documents issued in Benin needed for use abroad are legalized by the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministère des Affaires Étrangères et de la Coopération). In most cases, documents will also need to be attested by the embassy of the recipient country with jurisdiction for Benin.

  • Benin is not a member of the Apostille Convention and does not issue Apostille stamps.
  • Documents are legalized at the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Benin in 2 - 5 business days
  • Where the recipient country does not have a local embassy in Benin, documents will need to be legalized at the nearest embassy (normally in Abuja, Accra).
  • Isarey can assist with attesting documents at embassies in Cotonou, including the embassies of Qatar, Belgium, France, Germany and the United Arab Emirates, as well as non-resident embassies in Nigeria and Ghana.

Benin Attestation and Authentication Services are provided to legalize documents issued in Benin for use worldwide. We arrange legalization of all types of official documents including identity documents, birth and marriage certificates, criminal record certificates, academic diplomas and corporate documents.

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Benin Documents that can be legalized

  • Birth, death and Marriage Certificates

    To legalize Benin birth certificate, marriage or death certificate, we require the original copy in Contonou. Certificates are certified by a notary and then legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Official copies of Benin birth certificates can be obtained from the municipal office or police station in your place of birth.
  • Criminal Record Certificates

    Benin Police Background Checks (Extrait de casier judiciaire) can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cotonou. Criminal record extracts can be obtained from the Tribunal where you were born.
  • Benin Education Certificates

    Attest Benin University degree certificates and other types of academic and professional qualifications awarded in Benin.
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Benin.
  • Incorporation Documents

    Certify Benin corporate documents including certificates of incorporation, certificates of good standing, articles of association, board resolutions for use abroad.
  • Trade documents

    Attest Benin certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents

Isarey provides document attestation services in Benin to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Benin documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Benin

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Benin Documents

Benin documents can be certified for cross-border use through legalization

Consular Legalization

Legalization is a procedure used when a Benin document needs to be certified for official use abroad. Each document requires a double certification: first by the authorities of Benin and secondly by the authorities of the country where the documents will be used (the receiving country). This second certification, which is generally provided by the embassy or consulate representing the receiving country in Benin, confirms the first certification and so validates the document for official use in the receiving country.

Certified Translation

Where Benin documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Benin Document Resources

External resources and news about Benin documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Benin Document Resources
Government Admin
Foreign Embassies in Benin
Foreign Embassies in Benin
List of embassies and diplomatic missions in Benin

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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