To use a document from Mali in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Good to know
- Documents in French do not have to be translated for use in the Netherlands.
- 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 by the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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.
Birth registered within 30 days
You can get an official copy of the birth certificate (copie intégrale/copie littérale) from the civil status records office in the municipality where the birth was registered.
Birth registered after more than 30 days
You will need 2 documents:
- an official copy of your birth certificate with the note ‘jugement supplétif d’acte de naissance’
- a certified copy of the court judgment (jugement supplétif). You can get this document from the court
You can get an official copy of a marriage certificate from the municipality where the marriage took place and was registered.
Marriage before 1962
If your marriage was only solemnised by a court, you can get a certified copy of the registration (jugement supplétif d’acte de mariage) from the court.
You can get an official copy of the court judgment from the court that granted the divorce.
Death registered within 30 days
You can get an official copy of the death certificate (copie intégrale/copie littérale) from the civil status records office in the municipality where the death was registered.
Death registered after more than 30 days
You can get a certified copy of the confirmation of death (jugement supplétif d’acte de décès) from the court.
You can get a certificate of unmarried status from the civil status records office in your municipality.
If you need another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.
Help with obtaining documents and having them legalised
The Consular Service Centre can assist Dutch nationals with obtaining documents and having them legalised in Mali.
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.