You want to use a document from Iran in the Netherlands. You must first have the document translated into English in Iran. Then you must have the translation legalised by the Iranian Ministry of Justice and the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lastly, you must have the translation legalised by the Dutch embassy in Tehran.
Good to know
- Documents in Persian must be translated into English in Iran for use in the Netherlands.
- Your document must be original and complete. If it refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.
Step 1: Having your document translated
If your document is in Persian, you must have it translated into English in Iran by a sworn translator.
Step 2: Legalisation by the Iranian authorities
Have the English translation of your document first legalised by the Iranian Ministry of Justice and the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Step 3: Legalisation by the Dutch authorities
Have the English translation of your document legalised by the Dutch embassy in Tehran.
To have a document legalised you need to make an appointment via the online appointment system.
In case there are no time slots available, please try again later.
The overview of consular fees tells you how much you will have to pay and which payment methods are accepted.
- You can collect your legalised document the same day or the next working day. You can discuss this at your appointment.
- The embassy does not send documents by post.
Documents from the Iranian embassy in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre in The Hague can legalise the following documents issued by the Iranian embassy in The Hague:
- certificates of unmarried status
- certificates of renunciation of Iranian nationality
If you have another type of document, email a scanned copy to email@example.com. The Consular Service Centre will let you know whether they can legalise your document.
If the certificate is not in Dutch, English, French or German, you must have it translated. You can find a sworn translator on the Legal Aid Council 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.
You can get an official copy of a birth certificate or death certificate from the Personal Status Registration Organization (Eiarech Sabt-e Ahaval).
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the Personal Status Registration Organization (Eiarech Sabt-e Ahaval). Take your original identity booklet (Shenasnameh) with you.
Iranian nationals in the Netherlands can get a certificate of unmarried status from the Iranian embassy in The Hague.
You can get an official copy of your marriage certificate from the Bureau of Affairs Concerning Documents (Eiarech Ommor Asnad) at the Ministry of Justice.
For this you will need:
- your marriage certificate, drawn up and signed by a notary appointed by the Eiarech Ommor Asnad.
- your identity booklet (Shenasnameh).
You can get an official copy of a divorce certificate from the Bureau of Affairs Concerning Documents (Eiarech Ommor Asnad) at the Ministry of Justice.
If you need to obtain another type of document, find out from the local authorities where you can do that.
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.