Legalisation of documents from Niger for use in the Netherlands

Have your document legalised by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration. This is done with a stamp or sticker. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Niger 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:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate (extrait d’acte de naissance)
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate (extrait d’acte de mariage)
  • an official copy of a death certificate (extrait d’acte de décès)

You can get these documents from the civil status records office in your municipality (service d’état civil de la commune).

Certificate of unmarried status

You can request this document from the civil status records office in the municipality where you live.

Official copy of a divorce certificate
(extrait d’acte de divorce)

Where you can get this document depends on the region where the divorce was granted.

Divorce granted in the Niamey district

You can get an official copy of the divorce judgment from the court (Tribunal, Palais de Justice) in Niamey.

Divorce granted outside the Niamey district

You can get an official copy of the divorce certificate from the civil status records office (service d’état civil de la commune) in the municipality where the divorce was registered.

Where to get your documents legalised

Have your document legalised by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch consulate in Niamey stopped legalising documents from Niger. After your document has been legalised by the Nigerien authorities, 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 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.