Legalisation of documents from Bangladesh for use in the Netherlands
Your document must be legalised first by a Bangladeshi notary. Then have your document legalised by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Justice and by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dutch authorities may still want to check your document.
Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to have foreign documents legalised at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. To see if it is possible to make an appointment, please check the online appointment system (unless otherwise indicated). If no times are available, it is not yet possible. Do you only need to have your documents legalised by the local authorities? Then check with the local authorities if that is possible.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Bangladesh 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 civil status records office in the district or municipality where you were born (Union Parishad, Pourashava Office, municipality, City Corporation or Cantonment Board).
Certificate of unmarried status
You can get this document from the district office in the district where you live.
Official copy of a marriage certificate
Where you can get this document depends on your religion.
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the official that solemnised the marriage.
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the church's registrar.
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the temple registrar, or have an affidavit (statement under oath) drawn up by a notary.
Non-religious or mixed marriage
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the Special Marriage Registrar.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
Ask the Bangladeshi authorities where you can get this document.
Official copy of a death certificate
You can get this document from the records office in the district or municipality where the death occurred. (Union Parishad, Pourashava Office, municipality, City Corporation or Cantonment Board).
Where and how to get your document legalised
First have your document legalised by a notary. Then have your document legalised by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Justice and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
After the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has legalised your document, you can use it in the Kingdom of 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.