Legalisation of documents from Nigeria for use in the Netherlands

Have your document from Nigeria legalised by the Nigerian 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 Nigeria 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:

Birth certificate and photocopy

If you want to use your birth certificate in the Netherlands, you will need one of the following documents:

  • the original birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission (NPC)
    or
  • a legalised photocopy of the certificate

The NPC is the only authority that can issue birth certificates. Have your document legalised by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Unregistered births before 14  December 1992: age declaration

(statutory declaration of age/age declaration affidavit)

If you were born before 14 December 1992 and your birth was never legally registered with the local government authorities (LGA), you will need the following 2 documents if you want to use your birth certificate in the Netherlands:

  • an age declaration issued by the High Court in the state where you live or most recently lived.
    Please note: Make sure the declaration includes your parents' names. Leave the photographs on the document. If the photos have been removed from the declaration, it will not be accepted as proof by a Dutch municipality or the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
  • a covering letter from the NPC. This letter states your parents' names.

If you were born between 14 December 1992 and 1 January 1995 and your birth was legally registered with the local government area (LGA) authorities, you will need to provide a certified true copy of the LGA registration document.

Certificate of unmarried status

To prove you are unmarried, you will need the following 2 documents:

  • an affidavit of bachelorhood/an affidavit of spinsterhood. You can get this document from the High Court in the state where you live or most recently lived;
  • an attestation of marital status. You can get this document from the local authorities in the place where you live or most recently lived.

Marriage certificate

You can get this document from the local authorities in the place where you got married. The authorities also issue certified true copies of marriage certificates, but the IND and Dutch municipalities will only accept the original certificate with the signatures of the marriage partners and their witnesses.

Divorce certificate

Ask the Nigerian authorities where you can get this document.

Death certificate

You can get this document from the NPC. The NPC is the only authority that can issue death certificates.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After legalisation, you can use your document 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.