JuridConsult takes care of legalization of the Dutch documents in the Netherlands for their use in another country.
Documents issued in a foreign country must be legalized in order to confirm their validity in another country. Legalization confirms the authenticity of the stamps and signatures of authorized officials who issued a document. Documents can only be legalized in the country they were issued in, that is, documents issued in the Netherlands can be legalized only in the Netherlands. Documents issued in Russia, Lithuania or any other country can be legalized by the respective authorities of these countries.
Depending on the document type and the country where this document will be used, there are 3 types of legalization:
- Ministerial legalization (legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands) and
- Embassy / consulate legalization.
Apostille : The Netherlands are subject to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961, by which the documents valid in one country can be recognized by public authorities and other organizations of another country under the jurisdiction of the Hague convention. In other words, documents with Apostille stamp will automatically be recognized as valid in all countries of the Hague Convention.
In the Netherlands an apostille stamp can be issued in Dutch, English, French and German, Spanish and Italian. JuridConsult offers Apostille translation service as well. It should be noted that not all countries are parties to the Hague Convention. You can find the list of countries that recognize an apostille stamp here.
We also arrange Apostille stamps in Russia, Ukraine and Latvia.
Legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: Dutch documents that are intended for use abroad can be legalized in one of the Ministries of the Netherlands (that will also depend on the type of document). In many cases, after ministerial legalization documents should be legalized with an apostille stamp to certify to the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acted, and when appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille does not validate the contents of the document.
Embassy / consulate legalization : Unlike Apostille, legalization at the embassy / consular legalization is used for documents intended for circulation in states that are not parties to the Hague Convention. Embassy / consular legalization is carried out in Embassies or consulates of countries where legalized documents will be used.
JuridConsult provides consular legalization services at the embassies required for authentication of the following Dutch documents (includign but not limited to):
Documents issued by the Municipality (Gemeente):
- Birth certificate;
- The certificate of marriage / divorce;
- Extract from the population register;
Documents issued by Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel):
- Extracts from the Trade Register;
- The financial statements of the company;
- History of the company;
Documents issued by tax authorities (Belastingdienst):
- Certificate of residence (woonplaatsverklaring);
- Free Sales Certificate (certificaat van vrije verkoop);
Documents issued by the European Medicines Agency:
Documents issued by educational institutions:
- Grade lists or Transcript of Grades;
- Enrolment statements.
If a document which needs to be legalized is not listed above, please contact us for further information and legalization opportunities. You can leave a message here or in Skype: juridconsult and we will contact you as soon as possible!