Documents for use in Kenya (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions about legalizing documents for use in Kenya

How can foreign documents be certified for official use in Kenya?

Documents requiring certification for use in Kenya must be legalized in the country where they issued (usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and then by the local Kenyan embassy or consulate.

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How can I certify a translation of a foreign document for use in Kenya?

A first option is to carry out a translation of the document in the country of origin. The Kenyan embassy may require a translation in any case in order to attest the original document. The embassy may have specific requirements for the translation, otherwise in most countries a locally certified, sworn or notarized translation can be authenticated by the originating country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the Kenyan embassy, making it valid for use in Kenya.

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Can foreign documents required for submission to Kenya be authenticated with an Apostille?

No - Kenya is not a member of the Apostille Convention and will not therefore recognise Apostille Stamps issued by other countries. To legalize a document for use in Kenya, it must be legalized by the issuing country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the accredited Kenyan embassy or consulate.

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How can I get a quote to certify my documents?

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.

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