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What is an apostille?

In many cases you want to have a Dutch document legalized because you want to use it abroad. With our legalization services, we ensure that your documents are officially recognized abroad.  


On October 5, 1961, agreements were made at an international level to more easily legalize certain documents. Worldwide, there are 103 countries that have signed up to the so-called apostille treaty.


This treaty has made it easier for residents and companies of these countries to recognize, legalize and use official documents.


An apostille is a stamp or sticker that can be requested from the Central Bar of the court in the Netherlands. The apostille proves the authenticity of a signature on a document. After the court has placed the apostille, your document will be recognized in all participating countries. It is therefore no longer necessary to have documents legalized further by the embassy or consulate of the apostille country where you are going to use them.

Which documents are eligible for an apostille?

  • Documents from legal authorities

  • Diplomas

  • Civil status certificates

  • Certificates

  • Notarial deeds

  • Official statements

Diplomas from Dutch educational institutions must first be legalized by the Education Executive Agency before the court can recognize them with an apostille.


Also for documents from the Tax Authorities, they must first be legalized by another body (Ministry of Finance).  before an apostille can be issued.

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