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Information about legalization/apostille stamp for birth and marriage certificate

Immigrants need to bring an original legalised birth certificate for their registration with City Hall. Married couples should also provide their legalised marriage certificate.

If the certificate is not provided in English, Dutch, German or French, it must be translated by a sworn translator into one of these languages.

Please note:

  • International exchange, bachelor and master students who will be living in Groningen do not have to bring a legalised birth or marriage certificate in order to register with City Hall of Groningen.
  • For a marriage in the Netherlands a legalised birth certificate is required.
  • In case of becoming a Dutch citizen a legalised birth certificate and a legalised marriage certificate (if applicable) must be provided.

What is legalisation?

A document issued in your home country which needs to be used in another country must be 'authenticated' or 'legalised' before it is valid and recognized in that other country (e.g. the Netherlands). The proof of legalisation is a stamp on the certificate. Further information about legalisation can be found on the website of the Dutch Embassy or Consulate-General of your country of origin.

How to arrange legalisation?

There are two sorts of legalisation which vary from country to country: please see the overview below.

  1. Legalisation: you need to bring your original certificate to a governmental authority of your home country first, and afterwards to the Dutch consulate of embassy.
  2. Apostille stamp: this is issued by a designated central authority. In the Netherlands this is the registrar at the district court. In other countries it is often the Minister of Justice or Foreign Affairs. An overview of all the designated authorities in the various countries is to be found at the website of the Hague Conference on International Private Law .

Country

Legalization -  apostille stamp

birth and marriage certificates

Albania apostille stamp
Argentina apostille stamp
Armenia apostille stamp
Australia apostille stamp
Austria no legalization required
Azerbeidzjan

Legalization by

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbeidzjan

-Dutch Consulate in Bakoe

Bangladesh

Legalization by
-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh

-Dutch Embassy in Dhaka

Belarus (White-Russia) apostille stamp
Belgium no legalization required
Benin

Legalization by

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Benin

-Dutch Embassy in Cotonou

Bolivia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia
- Dutch Embassy La Paz
OR by the Honorary Consul in Cochabamba or by the Honorary Consul in Santa Cruz
Bosnia-Herzegovina - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
Brazil Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil
- Dutch Embassy in Brasilia
OR by one of the Dutch Consulate-Generals in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro
OR by one of the Dutch Honorary Consulates in Belém, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manáus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, Santos of Vitória
Bulgaria apostille stamp
Cambodia Translation in English is required before legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia in Phnom Penh
- Dutch Embassy in Bangkok (Thailand)
Cameroon Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cameroon
- Dutch Embassy in Yaoundé
Canada Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada OR by the Official Document Services (ODS) part of the Ministry of Government in Toronto,www.gov.on.ca
- Dutch Embassy in Ottowa OR by one of the Dutch Consulate-Generals in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver
Chile Legalization by
- Ministry of Justice of Chile
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
- Dutch Embassy Santiago de Chile
China Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing OR by one of the 18 ‘Foreign Affairs Offices’
- Dutch Embassy in Beijing OR by the Dutch Consulate-General in Shanghai
Colombia - apostille stamp (also electronically)
www.cancilleria.gov.co/apostilla
Congo Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Congo
- Dutch Consulate in Brazzaville
Costa Rica Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
- Dutch Embassy San José
Croatia - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille-stamp
Cuba Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
- Dutch Embassy in Havana
Cyprus apostille stamp
Czech Republic apostille stamp
Denmark apostille stamp
Egypt Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
- Dutch Embassy in Cairo
El Salvador apostille stamp
Equador apostille stamp
Eritrea Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea
- Dutch Embassy in Asmara
Estonia apostille stamp
Ethiopia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia
- Dutch Embassy in Addis Abeba
Finland apostille stamp
France no legalization required
Gambia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Gambia
- Dutch Consulate in Banjul or the Dutch Embassy in Dakar (Senegal)
Georgia apostille stamp
Germany

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

Ghana Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ghana
- Dutch Embassy in Accra
Greece apostille stamp
Guatemala Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
- Dutch Embassy in Guatemala-City
Honduras apostille stamp
Hong Kong apostille stamp
Hungary apostille stamp
Iceland apostille stamp
India apostille stamp
Indonesia Legalization by
- Ministry of Justice of Indonesia
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
- Dutch Embassy in Jakarta
Iran Legalization of the original Farsi document is not possible in Iran. The document must be translated into English. Then legalization follows by
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran
- Dutch Embassy in Teheran
Ireland apostille stamp
Italy no legalization required
Israël apostille stamp
Japan apostille stamp
Jemen Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jemen
- Dutch Embassy in Sana’a
Jordan Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan
- Dutch Embassy in Amman
Kazachstan - apostille stamp
Kenia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenia
- Dutch Embassy in Nairobi
Kirgizia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kirgizia
- Dutch Embassy in Almaty (Kazachstan) or the Consulate in Bisjkek (capital of Kirgizia)
Kosovo Legalization by
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo
- Dutch Embassy in Skopje (Macedonia)
Latvia apostille stamp
Lebanon Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon
- Dutch Embassy in Beirut
Libya Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya
- Dutch Embassy in Tripoli
Liechtenstein apostille stamp
Lithuania apostille stamp
Luxembourg no legalization required
Macau SAR (China) apostille stamp
Macedonia - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
Malaysia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (Wisma Putra)
- Dutch Embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Malta apostille stamp
Mauritania Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania
- Dutch Consulate in Nouakchott or the Dutch Embassy in Dakar (Senegal)
Mauritius apostille stamp
Mexico apostille stamp
Moldavia - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- apostille stamp is required
Montenegro - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
Morocco Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco
- Dutch Embassy in Rabat
Mozambique Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique
- Dutch Embassy in Maputo
Namibia - apostille stamp
Nepal Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal
- Dutch Embassy in Kathmandu
New-Zealand - apostille stamp
Nicaragua Legalization by
- Consejo Supremo Electoral, Dirección General del Registro Central del Estado Civil de la Personas
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua
- Dutch Embassy in Managua
Nigeria Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria
- Dutch Embassy in Abuja
Northern Ireland apostille stamp
Norway apostille stamp
Pakistan Legalization by
- Dutch Embassy in Islamabad
http://www.netherlandsembassy.org.pk/
Paraguay Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay
- Dutch Consulate-General Asunción OR
- Dutch Embassy in Montevideo (Uruguay)
Peru Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
- Dutch Embassy in Lima
Philippines Legalization by
- National Statistics Office
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
- Dutch Embassy in Manilla
Poland no legalization required
Portugal no legalization required
Romania apostille stamp
Russia apostille stamp
Rwanda Legalization by
- Office Notarial in Kigali
- Dutch Embassy in Kigali
Legalization by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda is not possible
Saudi Arabia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia
- Dutch Embassy in Riyad
Senegal Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal
- Dutch Embassy in Dakar
Serbia - multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
Singapore Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
- Dutch Embassy in Singapore
Slovenia

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

Slovakia apostille stamp
South Africa apostille stamp
South Korea apostille stamp
Spain no legalization required
Sri Lanka Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
- Dutch Embassy in Colombo
Sudan Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan
- Dutch Embassy in Khartum
Surinam apostille stamp
Sweden apostille stamp
Switzerland

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

Syria Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Syria
- Dutch Embassy in Damascus
Tadzjikistan Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tadzjikistan
- Dutch Embassy in Almaty (Kazachstan)
Taiwan The Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) Taipei is authorized to attach a so-called ‘legalization declaration’ to the documents. With this the document can be used in the Netherlands.
Tanzania Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania
- Dutch Embassy in Dar Es Salaam
Thailand Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
- Dutch Embassy in Bangkok
Turkey Birth- and marriage certificates are exempted from legalization. Also an apostille stamp is not required.
Uganda Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda
- Dutch Embassy in Kampala
Ukraine apostille stamp
United Kingdom apostille stamp
United States of America apostille stamp
Uruguay

Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay

- Dutch Embassy in Montevideo

Venezuela apostille stamp
Vietnam Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam
- Dutch Embassy in Hanoi OR
- Dutch Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
Yugoslavia See Serbia or Montenegro
Zambia Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zambia
- Dutch Embassy in Lusaka
Zimbabwe Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
- Dutch Embassy in Harare
Laatst gewijzigd:04 maart 2015 14:30