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Legalization of Documents

When a document is needed abroad it must often be legalized.

WHAT IS LEGALIZATION?

Legalization is a confirmation that the signature on a document is genuine. The actual legalization process consists of a stamp and a signature. Legalization does not have anything to do with the contents of a document.

LEGALIZATION OF DANISH DOCUMENTS

Since January 1, 2007 most documents only need to undergo one single legalization process at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For example, it is no longer necessary to have a civil marriage certificate legalized at the Danish Ministry of the Interior or an exam certificate legalized at the Danish Ministry of Education prior to legalization at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CERTAIN DOCUMENTS REQUIRE MORE LEGALIZATION STEPS

There are, however, exceptions to the new, simplified legalization procedure. Please click on the following links to see more information about private documents (1.e. powers of attorney), export documents, and countries outside the Apostille Convention.

ORIGINAL SIGNATURE

The document must bear the original signature of the issuing authority in order for the document to be legalized. If the signature is acceptable, the document will be legalized with a stamp and a signature.

LEGALIZATION OF LEBANESE DOCUMENTS

The Danish Embassy can only legalize an original document or a true copy if the original is not available. The document has to be translated into English by a sworn translator. The document has also to be pre-legalized by the competent Lebanese authorities. 

Please note that the Embassy can only legalize a document and/or its translation when legalized by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

MAXIMUM 3 MONTHS

Documents that require legalization can be no more than 3 months old.

This applies for example, to birth and baptismal certificates, church marriage certificates, printouts from the national register, extracts from police records, marriage certificates from civil weddings and doctors' certificates.

If you need a new certificate, please contact the authority that issued the old one.

FEES

The Danish Embassy charges a fee of 195 DKK for each legalization. Payments are to be done in LBP. For more information about consular fees, click here.

DELIVERY OF DOCUMENTS FOR LEGALIZATION 

The Legalization Office is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Legalized documents are to be picked up from 1 pm to 02:30 pm.

NB.: Please call in advance to book an appointment.