What’s the meaning of legalization?

A document that is legally valid in the Netherlands is not always recognized in another country. If you want to use a Dutch document abroad, you will usually have to get a Dutch authority to furnish it with stamps and signatures. This process is called legalization. The country the legalization is meant for determines the conditions.

Which path does a legalization need to take?

What is the Apostille Convention?

Which documents are covered by the Apostille Convention?

To which documents does the Apostille Convention not apply?


Submit a document that has been provided and signed in the Netherlands.

Make sure that the document is not older than 1 year.

Make sure that the document includes a certified signature and name or name stamp.

Provide a copy of the document for the embassy or the consulate.