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Legalisation of documents from France for use in the Netherlands

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You can use many documents from France in the Netherlands immediately. Others must first be legalised by the French 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 France see Legalisation of Dutch documents for use abroad.

Good to know

  • Multilingual extracts from civil status records do not have to be translated or legalised.
  • If your document is in French you do not need to have it translated.
  • Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.

What documents do not have to be legalised? 

The following documents do not have to be legalised for use in the Netherlands.

Using documents freely within the EU

Civil status records are a type of public document. Public documents do not have to be legalised for use in another EU country. Sometimes you may need to ask for a multilingual standard form to be attached to your document. You can find more information about public documents on the European Justice website.

What documents have to be legalised?

The following documents must be legalised for use in the Netherlands.

If you have another type of document, find out from the organisation in the Netherlands requesting the document whether it needs to be legalised.

Where can you have your documents legalised?

Your documents must be legalised with an apostille by the French authorities. See the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) website for contact details.

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.

Attention: Check whether you can get a multilingual extract. Multilingual extracts do not need to be translated or legalised for use in the Netherlands.

If you need to obtain another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.

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.