Legalisation of documents from Suriname for use in the Netherlands

If you want to use a document from Suriname in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Surinamese Ministry of Justice and Police. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Suriname 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 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.

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
  • a certificate of unmarried status
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate

You can get these documents from the Central Bureau of Civil Affairs (CBB) in Paramaribo. In some cases you can also get them from your local civil status records office.

Civil status documents issued before 25 November 1975

Original civil status documents drawn up and issued before 25 November 1975 do not need to be legalised. You can have these entered into the Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships at the municipality of The Hague’s Foreign Documents Department.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

You can get an apostille from the Surinamese Ministry of Justice and Police. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). After your document is legalised with an apostille, it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Documents issued by the Surinamese consulate in Willemstad (Curaçao)

Documents issued by the Surinamese consulate in Willemstad must be legalised by the Foreign Relations Department (DBB) in Willemstad. After legalisation, you can use your document 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

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.