Apostille in Netherlands
In the Netherlands apostilles can be requested at the regional court house ("Arrondissements rechtbank"). Select the court house which belongs to the region in which the certificate (birth, death, marriage) or other official document was issued (e.g. divorce decree, notary document). There is a walk in service or mail in service.
The Registrars of the Courts of first instance
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for legalising Dutch documents for use abroad. The applicant must have arranged any prior legalisations that may be necessary. For example, a translation produced by a sworn translator must be legalised by the district court, then by the Ministry of Justice before proceeding finally to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has legalised your document, you may go the embassy or consulate of the country where the document is to be used, for further legalisation. These offices are usually located in The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Brussels.
Dutch documents, for example certificates from the register of births, deaths and marriages and other documents issued by Dutch municipalities, can be legalised immediately by the Legalisation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Find out whether the country you need the document for is signatory to a legalisation convention. If so, legalisation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs may not be necessary. See section 5, Legalisation Conventions.
- Submit the signed, original Dutch document.
- Ensure the document was issued no more than one year previously.
- If you require legalisation of a copy of a Dutch document (a certified true copy), you must send the original as well.
- Where necessary, make sure prior legalisations by other Dutch authorities have been carried out. This is the legalisation chain.
- If you require legalisation of a translation of a Dutch document, you must send the original as well. Ensure you observe the full legalisation chain for translations.
- Any document issued in a foreign language in the Netherlands (apart from English, French or German) must be accompanied by a translation produced by a sworn translator.
Hand the document in to the ministry’s Legalisation Division. This can be done by a family member or friend.
Apostille costs are about EURO 12.50. You can wait for the apostille if you use the walk in service. Documents handed in before 11.30 can be collected the same day. You will normally have to wait about an hour. Documents handed in later than 11.30 can be collected from 9 a.m. on the next working day. Expect about six weeks of processing time for mail in service. The Legalisation Division is open on working days from 9 to 12.30.
Please contact the court house concerned for exact details:
If you are visitor, please go directly to
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry is located near Central Station and the Babylon shopping centre. The Legalisation Division is on the first floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is open to visitors from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Dutch documents presented before 11.30 are available for collection the same day. The office is not open to the public in the afternoon.
The Legalisation Division is open for telephone enquiries from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 12.30 h.
Telephone 070 348 4787 or 5901
The Lieutenant Governor of an island or a group of islands.
The authority designated for the island of Curaçao – the Lieutenant Governor of the island of Curaçao – has delegated his competence to issue the certificate referred to in Article 3, first paragraph, of the Convention to:
1. the Head of the Births, Deaths and Marriages, Population and Electoral Registers of the island of Curaçao, and
2. the acting Head of the Births, Deaths and Marriages, Population and
Electoral Registers of the island of Curaçao.
de Directeur van het Centraal Bureau Juridische en Algemene Zaken* (the
Director of the Central Bureau for Legal and General Affairs)."