Legal and Consular Affairs

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The following webpages contain only the most important information about German passports and are meant for the very few German citizens who do not speak German. Please check the German version of this webpage for complete information about German passports.


Verification of Nigerian Documents

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.

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Other Legal and Consular Services

Here you can find information on a range of other legal and consular matters.

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Information on legal and consular matters

Information on legal and consular matters by the Federal Foreign Office

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Contact the Consular section

Do you have any further questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Legal and Consular Affairs

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Important Information for visitors!

Dear visitors to the German Embassy Abuja and the German Consulate General in Lagos, please read the following important information.

Consular Section Abuja: appointment system for consular affairs

The German Embassy Abuja requires all customers for consular matters to make an appointment using the online appointment system ( here ). (Please do not use this link to make visa appointments)

Appointments have to be booked for all standard consular matters, including German passport issues, signature and copy certifications. Customers who need notarizations (such as acknowledgement of paternity) and birth/marriage registrations are kindly requested to contact the consular section via e-mail first (using the contact form below) to make sure all documents are in order.

Thank you very much for your kind understanding!

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.