Legalisation of documents from Bangladesh for use in the Netherlands

Your document must be legalised first by a Bangladeshi notary public and then by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch authorities may still want to check your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Bangladesh can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • the European part of the Netherlands
  • Aruba
  • Bonaire
  • Curaçao
  • Saba
  • St Eustatius
  • St Maarten

Requirements for your document

Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Translation of a document

If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:

  • Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
  • It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
  • If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.

Which documents can be legalised?

You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:

Official copy of a birth certificate

You can get this document from the civil status records office in the district or municipality where you were born (Union Parishad, Pourashava Office, municipality, City Corporation or Cantonment Board).

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get this document from the district office in the district where you live.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

Where you can get this document depends on your religion.

Muslim marriage

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the official that solemnised the marriage.

Christian marriage

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the church's registrar.

Hindu marriage

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the temple registrar, or have an affidavit (statement under oath) drawn up by a notary.

Non-religious or mixed marriage

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the Special Marriage Registrar.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Ask the Bangladeshi authorities where you can get this document.

Official copy of a death certificate

You can get this document from the records office in the district or municipality where the death occurred. (Union Parishad, Pourashava Office, municipality, City Corporation or Cantonment Board).

Where and how to get your document legalised

First have your document legalised by a notary. Then take your document to the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have it legalised again.

After these legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) (website in Dutch) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. It does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.