BIRTH CERTIFICATE AUTHENTICATION IN CAMEROON
- The first step for birth certificate authentication in Cameroon is to obtain a high court declaratory judgment of birth from the high court and a copy of the birth certificate from the registry of birth.
- The second step for birth certificate authentication in Cameroon is to certify the high court judgment with the chief registrar (where applicable)
- The last step for birth certificate authentication in Cameroon is the attestation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
WHERE TO LEGALIZE YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN CAMEROON
One of the frequently asked questions nowadays is ” Where to legalize birth certificate in Cameroon? The attestation of a document by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is required before any document originated in Cameroon before it may be tendered or used for any official purposes abroad. Some countries may further demand that such documents be legalized at their embassies in Cameroon.
However, some documents may require additional steps before they can be authenticated at the ministry of foreign affairs. For instance, with regard to the examination result, in other to legalize such a document, it must first be validated by the Ministry of Education and confirmed by GCE Board before the authentication process at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, follows by legalization at the relevant embassy if required.
An applicant may seek to personally engage in the process of birth certificate authentication in Cameoon without employing the services of a lawyer, however, where an applicant has employed the services of a lawyer, such attorney will be entitled to charge a legal fee for such works.
COST OF LEGALIZING BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The cost of legalizing birth certificates in Cameroon is determined if it is an internal or external request. If it is an external request, international courier services will be considered. Also, the cost of legalizing birth certificate in Cameroon will depend on the availability of the high court judgement and certified copies.
Finally, an applicant seeking to legalize a birth certificate in Cameroon must first obtain the certified true copy (CTC) of the court judgment at the relevant court registry and also issue a Power of Attorney (POA) to an attorney where the services of a lawyer are required to carry out such work.
Article by Barr. Mafany victor Ngando
Kinsmen Advocates Law Firm
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