Certifications of signatures and copies for use in Germany


By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document was physically present and signed it in front of him or her. It is a simple form of authenticating a signature.

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Following a change in the law, the Embassy will no longer be able to carry out identity checks in connection with opening a bank account, taking out a loan and similar purposes. Please ask your bank for further information. The legalisation department is only allowed to certify your signature if you are a student applying for a visa for Germany and need to open a blocked account.

Certifications of signatures and photocopies of documents are carried out during counter opening hours. An appointment is usually not necessary. However, there are certain cases where you need an appointment or have to supply certain documents. It is therefore essential to contact us before your intended visit:

Opening hours at the Consulate
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am - 11:00am
KN 27 St 5, Kiyovu-Kigali
phone: 280-575 222/141

For the certification of a signature please bring:

  • your valid passport
  • the document to be signed
  • a proof of address in Rwanda (e.g. utility bill, not bank statements)
  • the fee in cash


The fee for the certification of a signature is dependent on the purpose of the certification as well as the value of the matter and can vary between 15 and 250 Euros, payable in RWF.

For certified copies please bring:

  • the original documents,
  • copies of the original document which need to be certified,
  • the fee in cash

The current fee for the certification of a photocopy is the RWF equivalent of 10 Euros.

No fee is charged for pension-related certifications (please bring the letter from the pension authority along).

The German Embassy only accepts cash.

Please note that we do not accept cheques, credit cards or debit cards.

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