Legalisation of documents from Togo for use in the Netherlands

Have your document from Togo legalised by the Togolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is done with a stamp or sticker. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Togo 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

You can get this document from the municipality where the birth was registered. The person who registered the birth received the original birth certificate. If you show the original document you will be given an official copy (souche). You can also have a photocopy (copie intégrale) made of the document. You can then have the official copy or the photocopy legalised.

If the birth was registered by a court you will need to present the court judgement (jugement) together with the birth certificate.

Certificate of unmarried status

You can get this document from the municipality in which you were born. A member of your family can also do this on your behalf.

Official copy of a marriage certificate

You can get this document from the municipality where the marriage was registered. When you got married, you received a marriage certificate. If you show the original document you will be given an official copy (souche). You can also have a photocopy (copie intégrale) made of the document. You can then have the official copy or the photocopy legalised.

Official copy of a divorce certificate

Ask the Togolese authorities where to get this document

Official copy of a death certificate

You can get this document from the municipality where the death was registered. The person who registered the death received the original death certificate. If you show the original certificate you will be given an official copy (souche). You can also have a photocopy (copie intégrale) made of the document. You can then have the official copy or the photocopy legalised.

Where to get your document legalised

Have your document legalised by the Togolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch embassy in Accra, Ghana stopped legalising documents from Togo.

After your document has been legalised by the Togolese authorities, you can use it 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 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.