If you want to use a document from New Caledonia in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the local 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.
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?
You can get an apostille from the local French authorities in Nouméa. 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.
Find out from the local authorities in New Caledonia where you can get official copies of:
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- divorce certificates
- death certificates
Find out from the local authorities in New Caledonia where you can get a certificate of unmarried status.
If you need another type of document, ask the local authorities where you can get this document.
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.
In case you have a question, you can send an email via the contact form.