Legalisation of documents from Serbia for use in the Netherlands
You can use certain documents from Serbia immediately in the Netherlands. Other documents need to be legalised first by the Serbian authorities. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Netherlands.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Serbia can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- the European part of the Netherlands
- 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.
Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not need to be translated. A multilingual extract is a standard form in 9 languages.
Where to get your documents
The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:
- an official copy of a birth certificate
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth, marriage or death took place.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the municipal office the place where you live.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get this document from the local court.
Ask the Serbian authorities where you can get the documents you need.
Which documents do not need to be legalised?
The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the European part of the Netherlands:
- multilingual extracts from civil status records
Where can you have your document legalised?
Your document will need to be legalised by the authorities in Serbia. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).
Once your document has been legalised with an apostille it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you.
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.