Legalisation of documents from Canada for use in the Netherlands

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To use a document from Canada in the Netherlands, you must have it legalised by the Canadian authorities. This is done with an apostille. This is a simplified form of legalisation which allows you to use your documents in the Netherlands.

Attention: If you want to use a Dutch document in Canada, see Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad.

Good to know

  • Documents in English or French do not have to be translated.
  • Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

Where can you have your document legalised?

Have your document legalised with an apostille. You can get an apostille from the Canadian authorities. See the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) website for contact details.

You can read detailed information about having documents from Canada legalised with an apostille and the most important changes on the Global Affairs Canada website.

Once your document has been legalised it is fit for use in the Netherlands.

It is then also fit for use in Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius.

Don’t have the document you need?

Find out below where to obtain a document that you need but do not yet have.

If you need to obtain another type of document, find out from the local authorities where you can do that.

Help with applying for documents and having them legalised 

The Consular Service Centre in The Hague can only assist Dutch nationals with having documents legalised in Canada.

After legalisation

Verification of your document in the Netherlands

Legalisation does not prove the authenticity of a document or the truthfulness of its content. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to verify these things. Legalisation of your document simply means that your document bears the correct signature.

How recently must your document have been issued or legalised

Organisations have different requirements for how recently your document must have been issued and legalised. For more information, contact the organisation in the Netherlands requesting the document.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.