There is a procedure for notarizing documents in Cameroon and in every other part of the world. In general parlance and in most parts of the world, a document can only be accepted internationally if the procedure for notarizing documents in Cameroon has been complied with and its genuineness verified by a Notary Public. Cameroon is not an exception to the above fact.
Notarization of a document is done by a Notary Public. A Notary Public is, therefore, a public official, usually, a lawyer, authorized to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents, verification, and authentication of documents amidst other functions.
The law guiding the Notary Public and the notarization of documents in Cameroon clearly define the roles, appointment, and responsibilities of the Notary Public in Cameroon
Whenever a Notary has notarized or certified any document, such a document must be sealed with the notary’s seal or stamp and recorded in a register permanently kept by him.
Who Can Act as A Notary Public?
A person who can notarize a document in Cameroon is a practicing lawyer who has been appointed as a Notary Public by the government.
The functions or duties of a Notary Public include the followings:
- Preparing and authenticating legal documents,
- Taking affidavits and statutory declarations,
- Administering oaths and affirmations,
- Witnessing and authenticating the execution of certain classes of documents
- Taking acknowledgments of deeds and other conveyances,
- And performing certain other official acts depending on the jurisdiction.
Why you may need to authenticate documents
The importance or benefits for notarizing documents in Cameroon comprises the following:
- To verify that signatures, marks, and copies of documents are true or genuine.
- Helps to prevent forgery and avoid fraud in legal documents.
- The presence of a notary seal in any document confirms for the court that the signatures in that document were placed by a genuine person and it is not fabricated.
Cost of authenticating a Documents in Cameroon
There is no fixed cost for notarizing a document in Cameroon. The cost depends on the Notary Public officer involved and the number of documents to be notarized. A person seeking to notarize a document in Cameroon should visit or call a Notary Public of a Law Firm to discuss the cost.
In closing, it is not mandatory to notarize all legal documents but in some cases notarization of documents is mandatory. If a person refused to notarize a document, which requires notarization, then the validity of such a document will be questionable and may not be accepted for any official purpose by any authority or court of law in case such a document is sought to be tendered as an exhibit before the court.
Article by Barr. Mafany Victor Ngando
Kinsmen Advocates Law Firm
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