Legalisation of documents from Iraq for use in the Netherlands

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs can legalise documents for use in the Netherlands. If you are located in the Netherlands and unable to go to Iraq, you may instead request a declaration from the Iraqi embassy in The Hague. With this declaration you can have your document legalised at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Requirements for your document

Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

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, such as an official copy of a birth or death certificate.

In Iraq you can obtain these documents from the Ministry of Health (wazarat alsehha)

Official copies of marriage and divorce certificates are generally obtained from the Civil Status Department of the Ministry of Justice (wazarat aladel-mahkamat al ahwal alshakhsiyah).

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from Iraq 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

Where can you have your documents legalised?

You must have your document legalised by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The current situation in Iraq means that the Dutch embassy in Baghdad cannot legalise documents.

If you are located in The Netherlands and cannot visit Iraq you can ask the Iraqi embassy in The Hague to draw up a consular certificate for your document. To find out what conditions apply, contact the Iraqi embassy.

You can then have this consular certificate legalised by the Consular Service Center (CDC) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will also need to show the original document.

The Consular Service Center can help you without an appointment and is located at the address Rijnstraat 8 in The Hague.


If your document is in Arabic it will have to be translated to English, French, German or Dutch.

Your document must be translated by a sworn translator. If the sworn translator is not registered in the Netherlands, you must also have the translation itself legalised.

Retrieval of documents

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot request documents for you from Iraq. You have to obtain these documents yourself.

Verification of your document

The stamp or sticker on your document only means 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 conduct further checks.


If you have further questions you can contact the Consular Services Center in The Hague through or call: +31 (0) 247 247 247.