The legalization of public documents and certificates was ceased in May 2000 due to the lack of security features in Nigerian documents. It was replaced by a verification process in which Nigerian public documents are verified by the German Consulate General in Lagos upon request by a German court or authority.
The authority in Germany is in charge of the process. The verification process can only be initiated on request of a German authority (e.g. Registry (Standesamt), court), not by a private person. Therefore, kindly contact the competent German authority for all enquiries.
The Consulate General does not carry out the necessary investigations with its own staff. Trustworthy and reliable Nigerian lawyers are charged with the investigations.
The evaluation ans conclusion of the investigation reports, however, is done by Consular Officer of the Consulate General. During the period of investigations, the Consulate General keeps the contact to the German authority. Applicants are kindly requested to refraim from enquiries to the Consulate General regarding the state of the investigation. It is not possible to answer such requests due to the large number of documents being processed by this office.
Notice for Nigerian students:
As an exception, the Consulate General in Lagos certifies copies of school documents for the purpose of applying for admission at a German University. Please find all relevant information here.
Adminstrative districts of German missions in Nigeria
In legal and consular matters, please turn to the German mission responsible for you. The Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos are each responsible for different Nigerian states. Any applications have to be filed with the responsible German mission according to place of residence.
Administrative district of the Embassy in Abuja in legal and consular matters:
Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara
Administrative district of the Consulate General in Lagos in legal and consular matters:
Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Cross River
Please note that the Consulate General in Lagos is responsible for visa applications for all Nigerian States.