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Legalization Process

Please follow these steps in order to apply for a
Legalization and Authentication.

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Step 1: Prepare Your Document Materials

In general only public documents or documents with public credence (for example university certificates) that have been issued by Egyptian authorities can be legalized by the Embassy of Germany in Cairo.

Before the document can be legalized by the Embassy of Germany in Cairo, firstly, it needs to be authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at one of their legalization offices in or outside Cairo. For the addresses of the offices please click here (Arabic only). For more information please contact the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The authentication by the Egyptian Ministry must not be older than one year. It must be provided in a readable format and contain all necessary information (registration number, date, signature, name and seal of the person who has issued the document).

The signature of the authentication of the Egyptian Ministry has to be known to the German Embassy. In case an authentication should be signed by an official, whose signature has not (yet) been notified to the German Embassy, the document cannot be legalized and applicants need to return to the Ministry to repeat the process. 

All documents in Arabic language must be translated into German by a translator who is recognized by the Embassy of Germany in Cairo. A list of approved translators can be found on the website of the German Embassy. Translations done by certified translators in Germany (“Vereidigte Übersetzer”) can be accepted as well. Documents that are issued in English by the competent Egyptian authorities do not have to be translated to German.

For authentication of copies please make sure to bring the original and that documents fulfill the requirements as mentioned on the website of the German Embassy.

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Step 2: Create Your TLScontact Account

The system will ask you to enter Email and password in order to correctly process your documents.

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Step 3: Personal Data Input

The system will prompt you to enter some personal details in order to correctly process your documents. 

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Step 4: Online Appointment Booking

Choose a date and time of your convenience to submit your documents at our centre. Do not forget to print out your notification as it will be required at our welcome area.

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Step 5: Application Submission

Once you have checked in with our welcome desk, you will be directed to a counter where a TLScontact agent will verify the presence and compliance of all of your required documentation. You will be given a follow-up form indicating which documents have been submitted and which are missing, if any. If your file is complete, it will be sent to the Embassy of Germany in Cairo for legalization.

You can also submit your documents by an authorized representative to submit the documents on your behalf. He/she has to provide a signed letter of authorization as well as the original and copy of his/her ID card. The representative cannot be a minor.

Warning: If you are late for your appointment more than 29 minutes, you might not be received the same day and you will have to set a new appointment.

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Step 6: Documents Collection

After the Embassy of Germany in Cairo has legalized your documents, your documents will be returned to our centre. You will be notified by SMS as soon as the documents arrive.

You can collect your documents in person or by a representative.

Collection in person with:

  • Your Application Checklist;
  • Your Original Photographic ID;
  • Copy of Your Photographic ID.

Collection by representative with:

  • Your Application Checklist;
  • Your Photographic ID;
  • Representative’s Original Photographic ID;
  • Copy of Representative’s Photographic ID;
  • Letter of authorization signed by you (clearly stating the representative’s details).

If you have chosen Express Courier Return Service during documentation submission, your documents will be sent to you directly at your preferred address.