Legalisation of documents from Mali for use in the Netherlands

Have your document legalised by the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Mali 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

  • Birth registered within 30 days
    You can get an official copy of the birth certificate (copie intégrale/copie littérale) from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth was registered.
  • Birth registered after more than 30 days
    You will need 2 documents:
  1. an official copy of your birth certificate with the endorsement ‘jugement supplétif d’acte de naissance’.
  2. a certified copy of the court judgment (jugement supplétif). You can get this document from the court

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the civil status records office in the municipality where you live.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the municipality where the marriage took place and is registered.

  • Marriage before 1962
    If your marriage was only solemnised by the court, you can get a certified copy of the registration (jugement supplétif d’acte de mariage) from the court.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document from the court where the divorce was granted.

Official copy of a death certificate

  • Death registered within 30 days
    You can get an official copy of the birth certificate (copie intégrale/copie littérale) from the civil status records office in the municipality where the death was registered.

Death registered after more than 30 days

You can get a certified copy of the confirmation of death (jugement supplétif d’acte de décès) from the court.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On 1 January 2016, the Dutch embassy in Bamako stopped legalising documents from Mali. After your document has been legalised by the Malian authorities, you can use it in the Netherlands.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised.

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.