Legalisation of documents from the United Kingdom (UK) for use in the Netherlands

You can use certain documents from the United Kingdom immediately in the Netherlands. Other documents need to be legalised first by the British authorities with an apostille. After legalisation, you can use your document in the Netherlands.

Who can have documents legalised?

Anyone who has one or more documents from the United Kingdom 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 your 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.

Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not need to be translated. A multilingual extract is a standard form in 9 languages.

Where to get your documents

The most common documents are extracts from civil status records:

  • an official copy of a birth certificate
  • an official copy of a marriage certificate
  • an official copy of a death certificate
  • an official copy of a divorce certificate

Contact the British authorities to find out where you can get these documents. Documents like these are usually available from your local register office.

Certificate of unmarried status

(certificate of no impediment)

You can get this certificate at your local register office. Certain conditions apply:

  • you live in the United Kingdom
  • you are a British national
  • you need the certificate to get married or enter into a registered partnership outside the United Kingdom
  • you intend to get married outside the United Kingdom

Other documents

Ask the UK authorities where you can get the documents you need.

Which documents do not need to be legalised?

The following documents do not need to be legalised for use in the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

  • documents drawn up by diplomatic or consular agents

This also applies to documents from the British Crown Dependencies.

  • Bailiwick of Guernsey
  • Bailiwick of Jersey
  • Isle of Man

Which documents require an apostille?

An apostille is a stamp or sticker on your document. The following documents require a apostille from the United Kingdom:

  • all other documents

This also applies to documents from the following British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies:

  • Anguilla
  • Bailiwick of Guernsey
  • Bailiwick of Jersey
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Isle of Man
  • Montserrat
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

Use of documents 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. You can make use of a simplified procedure.

For ore information, see the article about the simpler procedure for use of public documents from an EU country on the European e-justice portal.

Attention! Because of the Brexit it is possible that the simplified procedure for use of documents within the EU no longer applies to the United Kingdom after the date of withdrawal in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Where can you have your document legalised?

To get your document legalised with an apostille, contact the UK authorities. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). Once your document has been legalised with an apostille it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Mediation by the 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 the United Kingdom 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. Legalisation 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.