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Benin Document Legalization

Steps to Benin documents

Notarize

Make sure your document is notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/State/ local office.

Authenticate

The document must then be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first.

Legalize

If one of the Benin Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over your state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization.

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  • The document to be authenticated, submit both the original and a complete set of photocopy.
  • Translation of each document.
  • Washington Express Document Processing Request Form.
  • Other supporting documents a consular officer may request.

Benin Consular Fees:

  • Regular Service Civil Documents: $30.00 per document
  • Regular Commercial Documents: $100-150
  • Rush Service: $15.00 additional per document *
  • US State Department: $20.00 per document

*All documents must be translated in French.

Washington Express Service/Fees:

  • Regular Service: $215 per document
  • Out of Jurisdiction Document: $315 per document
  • Round-trip FedEx fee of $95 will be charged to ship the documents to each jurisdiction outside of Washington, DC if applicable.

**Multi-document discounts may be offered depending on your volume.

See our Price List for detailed information about Service Fees and Shipping information.

Forward Documents To:
1001 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036

*Please note, you can also fill out and submit your application for free (excluding embassy fees) by visiting the Benin Embassy website. We have no affiliation with any government embassy or agency.

  • Please make sure you have followed the all the steps required for authentication before submitting your document to the Benin Embassy/Consulate-General for final legalization.
  • Your document must be authentic, intact and legitimate. The Embassy/Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document that contains illegal contents under Benin laws or may cause potential threats to Benin national or public interests.
  • A document containing two or more pages must be bound properly and securely, with sealing wax or paging seal/embossed seal to ensure the integrity of the document. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it is found illegitimate, or in any way forged, counterfeited, fraudulent or altered.
  • Single affidavits/certificates intended to be used for marriage registration in Benin and certain adoption documents regarding marital status, health status, or criminal records are only valid for six months from the date of issuance. The Embassy / Consulate-Generals will NOT authenticate a document if it becomes invalid.

Helpful Resources

Document Legalization Flow Chart

How to confirm an Apostille is authentic

Avoiding Embassy Document Rejection

Tips for successful document processing

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