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.

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

Please note that the Consulate 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, and marriage certificates from civil weddings and doctors’ certificates.

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

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.