Legalising a Dutch document with an apostille

Do you need to use a Dutch document (e.g. a diploma) abroad? For countries participating in the Apostille Convention, you can have the document authenticated with an apostille. This is a stamp or sticker on the document. You can obtain the apostille from a district court in the Netherlands. After the document has been legalised, you can use it abroad.

Last updated on 13 January 2021

The Apostille Convention applies to:

  • documents from judicial authorities, such as documents from the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service, a clerk of the court or a bailiff;
  • administrative documents, such as certificates, diplomas or civil status records;
  • notarial deeds;
  • official certificates placed on private documents, such as declarations about the existence or official registration of a document on a certain date.

The Apostille Convention does not apply to:

  • documents issued by diplomatic or consular officials, such as a declaration or certificate of unmarried status from a foreign embassy in the Netherlands;
  • documents for commercial transactions or customs declarations.

Legalisation with an apostille from the district court

You can apply for an apostille for your Dutch document from any district court.

With this apostille, your document is valid in all the countries that are members of the Apostille Convention.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents (Hague Apostille Convention)

Law implementing the Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, Article I