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Legalisation of documents from Iran for use in the Netherlands

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.

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

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.

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 info.consulair@minbuza.nl. 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.

Attention: The Consular Service Centre does not legalise consular certificates regarding Iranian documents such as birth certificates or marriage certificates. These documents must always be translated and legalised in Iran.

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.

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.

Contact

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