If you want to use a document from Trinidad and Tobago in the Netherlands, you must first have it legalised by the authorities in Trinidad and Tobago. This is done with a special stamp called an apostille.
Who can have documents legalised?
Anyone who has one or more documents from Trinidad and Tobago can have them legalised for use in any part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
- the European part of the Netherlands
- St Eustatius
- St Maarten
Requirements for your document
Your document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.
Translation of your document
If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you might need to have it translated. The following rules apply:
- Your document must be translated by a sworn translator.
- It must be translated into English, French, German or Dutch.
- If the sworn translator is registered outside the Netherlands, you must also have the translation legalised.
Which documents can be legalised?
You can have various documents legalised, such as diplomas and certificates. The most common documents are:
- an official copy of a birth certificate
- a certificate of unmarried status
- an official copy of a marriage certificate
- an official copy of a death certificate
You can get these documents from the civil registry (Registrar General's Department).
Official copy of a divorce certificate
You can get this document from the Supreme Court, Knox Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Where can you have your documents legalised?
You can get an apostille from the Registrar General, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs. For details see the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).
After your document is legalised with an apostille, it can be used in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Verification of your document
The stamp or sticker on your document means only that the correct signature is on your document. Legalisation does not prove that the content is correct or that the document is authentic. A municipality in the Netherlands, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) or another authority may decide to check this.
Assistance from the CDC in The Hague
The Consular Service Centre (CDC) can help Dutch nationals apply for documents or have documents legalised in Trinidad and Tobago.