Legalisation of documents from Iran for use in the Netherlands
To use a document from Iran in the Netherlands, you must first have it translated. The translation must be legalised by the Iranian Ministry of Justice and the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then you must have it legalised by the Netherlands embassy in Tehran.
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 Iran 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:
- an official copy of a birth certificate (shenasnameh)
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the Personal Status Registration Organization (Eiarech Sabt-e Ahaval).
Official copy of a marriage certificate
To get this document you must present a marriage certificate and your identity papers (shenasnameh). The marriage certificate must be drawn up and signed by a civil-law notary. This civil-law notary must have been appointed by the Bureau of Affairs Concerning Documents (Eiarech Ommor Asnad) at the Ministry of Justice. You can get an official copy of the marriage certificate from the Bureau of Affairs Concerning Documents.
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can request an official copy of a divorce certificate from the Bureau of Affairs Concerning Documents (Eiarech Ommor Asnad) at the Ministry of Justice.
Certificate of unmarried status
You can request a certificate of unmarried status from the Personal Status Registration Organization (Eiarech Sabt-e Ahaval). To get a certificate of unmarried status you must present your original identity papers (shenasnameh).
If you are an Iranian national in the Netherlands you can request this document from the Iranian embassy in The Hague.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
First have your translated document legalised by the Iranian Ministry of Justice. Then take your document to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the second legalisation. For the last legalisation you take the original document and the legalised translation to the Netherlands embassy in Tehran after making an appointment via email.
After these 3 legalisation procedures, you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
How long will it take?
At the embassy in Tehran the legalisation will be ready the next working day.
Is your request for legalisation urgent? Please indicate this in your email. The embassy staff will assess whether it is indeed a matter of urgency. In that case, the legalisation will be ready the same day.
How much do you need to pay?
The costs for legalisation are €25 per document, to be paid cash at the embassy at the moment of application.
Documents from the Iranian embassy in The Hague
Documents issued by the Iranian embassy must be legalised by the Consular Service Centre (CDC) in The Hague. After legalisation you can use your document in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Attention: not all documents issued by the embassy can be legalised. Consular statements for example that refer to (personal data of) Iranian deeds cannot be legalised.
Are you not sure if the CDC can legalise your document? Please send a scan of the document to email@example.com. The CDC will let you know whether they can legalise your document or not.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) cannot help you apply for documents or have documents legalised for you in Iran.
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.