Legalisation of documents from Senegal for use in the Netherlands

Have your document from Senegal legalised by the Senegalese 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 Senegal 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

(copie littérale de l’acte de naissance)
You can get this document from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth was registered.

A ‘bulletin de naissance’ or an ‘extrait de naissance’ will not be accepted in the Netherlands.

Late registration of birth

If the birth was registered more than a year after it took place, permission for registration will have been given by the court. You will need a court judgment  (jugement supplétif) as well as an official copy of the birth certificate.

Certificate of unmarried status

(certificat de célibat)

You can get this document from the municipality that registered the birth. You will need two adult witnesses to swear that you are not married.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

(copie littérale de l’acte de mariage)

You can get this document from the municipality where you got married.

A ‘certificat de mariage constaté’ or a ‘certificat de mariage célébré’ will not be accepted in the Netherlands.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document (jugement de divorce) from the court where the divorce was granted.

Official copy of a death certificate

You can get this document from the civil status records office in the municipality where the death was registered.

Late registration of death

If the death was registered more than a year after it took place, permission for registration will have been given by the court. You will need a declaration of consent ('jugement supplétif') from the court as well as an official copy of the death certificate.

Where to get your document legalised

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

Assistance from the CDC in The Hague

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot 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.