Authentication and legalisation of documents
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The German Embassy Addis Ababa can assist you with the certification of copies or signatures.
The certification of a signature is done by acknowledging or executing the signature before the consular officer. A name signature can only be authenticated if it is executed before the consular officer. In both cases, the personal appearance of the person whose signature, name signature or hand sign is to be certified is required.
Please note that for the certification of the conformity of photocopies with the original or with the certified copy the original or a certified copy must be presented to the consular officer. Please be informed that the Embassy cannot issue a certified copy of a simple copy of the original document.
Verification of documents
As the requirements for the legalisation of public documents from Ethiopia are not met, legalisation was discontinued with the approval of the Federal Foreign Office as of 31 March 2014. The interior and judicial authorities of the Federal States were informed accordingly.
The Embassy can, however, provide administrative assistance or legal assistance to German authorities and courts by providing an expert opinion on whether the certified facts are correct and thereby assist the domestic authorities in their decision-making. Whether a document verification is necessary is at the discretion of the German authority or court where the document is to be used as evidence. Private individuals cannot initiate a document verification.
More detailed information is available on our German-language website.