Legalisation of documents from Mauritania for use in the Netherlands

To use a document from Mauritania in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Dutch embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Mauritania 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.

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.

You have a personal identity number

If you take your yellow document (copie intégrale) with you, you can get the following civil status documents from any municipal office (préfecture):

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

You do not have a personal identity number

You can get these documents from the municipal office (préfecture) in the municipality where the birth, death or marriage took place.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Ask the Mauritanian authorities where you can get this document.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

First have your document legalised by the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then take your document (and any accompanying documents) to the Dutch embassy in Dakar, Senegal to get it legalised again.

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

Do I need to make an appointment?

You do not need an appointment to have your documents legalised at the embassy in Dakar. You can come to the embassy on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 14.30 and 15.30 or on Friday between 11.00 and 12.00.

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

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

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.