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General matters

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

Albaniaapostille stamp
Argentinaapostille stamp
Armeniaapostille stamp
Australiaapostille stamp
Austriano 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
Belgiumno legalization required
Benin

Legalization by

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Benin

-Dutch Embassy in Cotonou

BoliviaLegalization 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
BrazilLegalization 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
Bulgariaapostille stamp
CambodiaTranslation in English is required before legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia in Phnom Penh
- Dutch Embassy in Bangkok (Thailand)
CameroonLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cameroon
- Dutch Embassy in Yaoundé
CanadaLegalization 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
ChileLegalization by
- Ministry of Justice of Chile
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
- Dutch Embassy Santiago de Chile
ChinaLegalization 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
CongoLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Congo
- Dutch Consulate in Brazzaville
Costa RicaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
- Dutch Embassy San José
Croatia- multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille-stamp
CubaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba
- Dutch Embassy in Havana
Cyprusapostille stamp
Czech Republicapostille stamp
Denmarkapostille stamp
EgyptLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
- Dutch Embassy in Cairo
El Salvadorapostille stamp
Equadorapostille stamp
EritreaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea
- Dutch Embassy in Asmara
Estoniaapostille stamp
EthiopiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia
- Dutch Embassy in Addis Abeba
Finlandapostille stamp
Franceno legalization required
GambiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Gambia
- Dutch Consulate in Banjul or the Dutch Embassy in Dakar (Senegal)
Georgiaapostille stamp
Germany

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

GhanaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ghana
- Dutch Embassy in Accra
Greeceapostille stamp
GuatemalaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
- Dutch Embassy in Guatemala-City
Hondurasapostille stamp
Hong Kongapostille stamp
Hungaryapostille stamp
Icelandapostille stamp
Indiaapostille stamp
IndonesiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Justice of Indonesia
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
- Dutch Embassy in Jakarta
IranLegalization 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
Irelandapostille stamp
Italyno legalization required
Israëlapostille stamp
Japanapostille stamp
JemenLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jemen
- Dutch Embassy in Sana’a
JordanLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan
- Dutch Embassy in Amman
Kazachstan- apostille stamp
KeniaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenia
- Dutch Embassy in Nairobi
KirgiziaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kirgizia
- Dutch Embassy in Almaty (Kazachstan) or the Consulate in Bisjkek (capital of Kirgizia)
KosovoLegalization by
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo
- Dutch Embassy in Skopje (Macedonia)
Latviaapostille stamp
LebanonLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon
- Dutch Embassy in Beirut
LibyaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya
- Dutch Embassy in Tripoli
Liechtensteinapostille stamp
Lithuaniaapostille stamp
Luxembourgno legalization required
Macau SAR (China)apostille stamp
Macedonia- multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
MalaysiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (Wisma Putra)
- Dutch Embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Maltaapostille stamp
MauritaniaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania
- Dutch Consulate in Nouakchott or the Dutch Embassy in Dakar (Senegal)
Mauritiusapostille stamp
Mexicoapostille stamp
Moldavia- multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- apostille stamp is required
Montenegro- multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
MoroccoLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco
- Dutch Embassy in Rabat
MozambiqueLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique
- Dutch Embassy in Maputo
Namibia- apostille stamp
NepalLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal
- Dutch Embassy in Kathmandu
New-Zealand- apostille stamp
NicaraguaLegalization 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
NigeriaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria
- Dutch Embassy in Abuja
Northern Irelandapostille stamp
Norwayapostille stamp
PakistanLegalization by
- Dutch Embassy in Islamabad
http://www.netherlandsembassy.org.pk/
ParaguayLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay
- Dutch Consulate-General Asunción OR
- Dutch Embassy in Montevideo (Uruguay)
PeruLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
- Dutch Embassy in Lima
PhilippinesLegalization by
- National Statistics Office
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines
- Dutch Embassy in Manilla
Polandno legalization required
Portugalno legalization required
Romaniaapostille stamp
Russiaapostille stamp
RwandaLegalization by
- Office Notarial in Kigali
- Dutch Embassy in Kigali
Legalization by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda is not possible
Saudi ArabiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia
- Dutch Embassy in Riyad
SenegalLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Senegal
- Dutch Embassy in Dakar
Serbia- multilingual certificates are exempted from legalization
- other certificates: apostille stamp
SingaporeLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
- Dutch Embassy in Singapore
Slovenia

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

Slovakiaapostille stamp
South Africaapostille stamp
South Koreaapostille stamp
Spainno legalization required
Sri LankaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
- Dutch Embassy in Colombo
SudanLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan
- Dutch Embassy in Khartum
Surinamapostille stamp
Swedenapostille stamp
Switzerland

multilingual certificates are exempted

other certificates: apostille stamp

SyriaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Syria
- Dutch Embassy in Damascus
TadzjikistanLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tadzjikistan
- Dutch Embassy in Almaty (Kazachstan)
TaiwanThe 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.
TanzaniaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania
- Dutch Embassy in Dar Es Salaam
ThailandLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
- Dutch Embassy in Bangkok
TurkeyBirth- and marriage certificates are exempted from legalization. Also an apostille stamp is not required.
UgandaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda
- Dutch Embassy in Kampala
Ukraineapostille stamp
United Kingdomapostille stamp
United States of Americaapostille stamp
Uruguay

Legalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay

- Dutch Embassy in Montevideo

Venezuelaapostille stamp
VietnamLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam
- Dutch Embassy in Hanoi OR
- Dutch Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City
YugoslaviaSee Serbia or Montenegro
ZambiaLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zambia
- Dutch Embassy in Lusaka
ZimbabweLegalization by
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
- Dutch Embassy in Harare
Last modified:March 04, 2015 14:30