Legalisation of documents from Slovakia for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Slovakia in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the relevant Slovak ministry or court. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Slovakia 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 not registered in 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:

  • 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 official copies from the civil status records office (matrika) in the municipality where the birth, marriage or death took place.

Certificate of unmarried status

The Slovak authorities do not issue certificates of unmarried status. You can make a declaration under oath in the presence of a notary.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

You can get this document from the court where the divorce was granted.

Where can you have your document legalised?

Where you can have your document legalised depends on the type of document. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English. The names of the relevant authorities are also given in Slovak.

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

Mediation by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague

As of 1 June 2018 the Consular Service Centre (CDC) will no longer mediate for people wanting to request documents from Slovakia and/or have documents from that country legalised.

Verification of your document

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.