Legalisation of documents from Pakistan for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Pakistan in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Pakistani authorities. The Dutch authorities will check and assess your document.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Pakistan 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.
Official copy of a birth certificate
You can get this document from the municipality (Union Council). The Union Council can request it online from the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA).
In towns without a Union Council, you can get this document from the civil status records office (Tehsil Municipal Administration). In cantonments, you can get this document from the military authorities (Cantonment Boards).
Certificate of unmarried status
(no-objection to marry/unmarried certificate)
In most provinces you can get this certificate from the municipality (Union Council). Please note that not all municipal registers are linked to the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA). In Sindh province, for example, you cannot get this certificate from the Union Council.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
Where you can get this document depends on your religion.
Muslim marriage (nikah nama)
You can get this document from the municipality (Union Council) that registered the marriage. The Union Council can request documents online from the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA).
Muslim marriage between Afghans in Pakistan
A Muslim Family Law Ordinance will not be accepted by all Dutch authorities. Ask the authority where you want to use the document whether they will accept it.
Other religions recognised in Pakistan
Ask the Pakistani authorities where you can get your document.
Marriage certificates issued by the Ahmadi administration in Rabwah (near Lahore) have no official status in Pakistan. You can, however, have them legalised.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
Ask the Pakistani authorities where you can get this document.
Official copy of a death certificate
You can get an official copy of a death certificate from the local registrar.
Where to get your document legalised?
Have your document legalised by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad or by one of its 'camp offices' in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar or Quetta.
On 1 January 2016, the Dutch embassy in Islamabad stopped legalising documents from Pakistan. After your document has been legalised by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can use it in 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.