Legalisation of documents from Cabo Verde for use in the Netherlands

You can use certain documents from Cabo Verde immediately in the Netherlands. Other documents need to be legalised first by the Cabo Verdean authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Cabo Verde 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 your 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.

Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not need to be translated. A multilingual extract is a standard form in 9 languages.

Where to get your documents

The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can request these documents from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth, marriage or death was registered.

Certificate of unmarried status

Cabo Verde does not issue certificates of unmarried status.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Ask the Cabo Verdean authorities where you can get this document.


Requesting documents from the Consulate-General of Cabo Verde in the Netherlands

You can get certain extracts from civil status records at the Consulate-General of Cabo Verde in Rotterdam. The information on the website is in Portuguese only.

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can have a certified copy of these documents made at the Consulate-General of Cabo Verde. You must then have it legalised at the Consular Service Centre in The Hague. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Netherlands.

Other documents

Ask the Cabo Verdean authorities where you can get the documents you need.

Which documents do not need to be legalised?

The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the European part of the Netherlands:

  • multilingual extracts from civil status records

Which documents require an apostille?

An apostille is a stamp or sticker on your document. The following documents need to be legalised with an apostille:

  • multilingual extracts that you want to use in a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands outside Europe
  • all other documents

Where can you have your document legalised?

To get your document legalised with an apostille, contact the Cabo Verdean authorities. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English.

Once your document has been legalised with an apostille it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

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

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. Legalisation 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.