Legalisation of documents from Slovakia for use in the Netherlands
If you want to use a document from Slovakia in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the relevant Slovak ministry or court. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Slovakia 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 not registered in 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
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these official copies from the civil status records office (matrika) in the municipality where the birth, marriage or death took place.
Certificate of unmarried status
The Slovak authorities do not issue certificates of unmarried status. You can make a declaration under oath in the presence of a notary.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get this document from the court where the divorce was granted.
As of 16 February 2019 use of certain documents simplified within EU
You may have one or more public documents from a European Union (EU) member state that you want to use in another EU country. You will often require an apostille for these documents. As of 16 February 2019 you will be able to make use of a simplified procedure.
More information will follow shortly. If you would like further information now, see the article about the simpler procedure for use of public documents from an EU country on the European e-justice portal.
Where can you have your document legalised?
Where you can have your document legalised depends on the type of document. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). This website is in English. The names of the relevant authorities are also given in Slovak.
After your document is legalised with an apostille, you can use it in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Mediation by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague
As of 1 June 2018 the Consular Service Centre (CDC) will no longer mediate for people wanting to request documents from Slovakia and/or have documents from that country legalised.
Verification of your document
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.