Legalisation of documents from New Zealand for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from New Zealand in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from New Zealand 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:

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

You can get these documents from the Registrar-General's Office in Wellington.

Official copy of a birth certificate

You can get this document from the Registrar-General's Office in Wellington or the Department of Internal Affairs.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document from the District Court registry in the district where the divorce was granted or where the divorce is registered.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

You can get an apostille from the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it in the Kingdom of 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

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.