Legalisation of documents from Gabon for use in the Netherlands
To use your document from Gabon in the Netherlands, have it legalised by the Gabonese 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 Gabon 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 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 (bureau de l’état civil):
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a divorce certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
Ask the Gabonese authorities where you can get these documents.
Official copy of a birth certificate
You can get an official copy of a birth certificate from the civil status records office in the place where you were born or where you live. If you live in a small town or inland region, you can get it from a regional authority.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the civil status records office in the place where you got married. If you live in a small town or inland region, you can get it from a regional authority.
Certificate of marriage under customary law
If you got married before 31 May 1963, you may have got married under customary law. You can get a certificate of marriage under customary law from the court (tribunal de droit local de premier degré) in the region where the marriage took place.
If you are a Gabonese national living in the Netherlands, you can get this certificate from the Gabonese embassy in Brussels, Belgium.
Where to get your document legalised
Have your document legalised by the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 1 January 2016, the Dutch honorary consul in Libreville stopped legalising documents from Gabon. After your document has been legalised by the Gabonese authorities, you can use it in the Netherlands.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can 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.