The Consular Service Centre (CDC)

The Consular Service Centre (CDC) legalises documents from the Netherlands and other parts of the Kingdom so that they can be used abroad. You can have this done at the front desk while you wait. You can also send documents by post. They will be returned within 21 days of payment.

Legalisation by the CDC

The CDC legalises Dutch documents so that they can be used abroad. A sticker will be placed on your document. In most cases, you will need to have the document legalised somewhere else first, such as a district court or the Chamber of Commerce. Once the CDC has legalised your document, for the final step in the legalisation process you will often need to take it to the embassy or consulate of the country where you want to use it.

Requirements for your document

Before you go to the CDC

  • Check the requirements for your document.
  • Your Dutch document must be original and complete. If the document refers to other documents or annexes, these must be included.
  • The official copy cannot have been issued more than 12 months ago.

Translation of your document

If your document is not in English, French, German or Dutch you will 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.
  • The translator’s signature must also be legalised by the district court.

Legalisation at the front desk

Hand in your Dutch document to the CDC’s Legalisation Desk. You can also ask a friend or family member to do this for you.

How long will it take?

The average waiting time is 1 hour. If you have more than 20 documents, you will need to wait longer. Documents submitted before 11:30 can be collected the same day.

Documents submitted after 11:30 can be collected from 09:00 the next working day.

Legalisation by post

Send your Dutch document to the CDC by registered post. You should include your name, address, email address and telephone number.

How long does it take?

You will receive a letter telling you how much you need to pay for the legalisation. Once the CDC has received your payment, it will send you the legalised document within 21 days.

CDC legalisation costs

There is a € 10 fee for each Dutch document legalised. If you send documents by post, you must also pay for them to be returned to you by registered post.

At the front desk you can pay with cash, but payment by card is preferred. If you are posting documents, your payment must be received in full before your legalised documents are returned to you.

Your document is not suitable for legalisation

If the CDC cannot legalise your document it will inform you immediately. If you have sent documents by post, the CDC will return them to you, unlegalised.

The CDC does not legalise all documents

The CDC cannot legalise the following documents, for example:

  • documents issued by an embassy or consulate that are not legally valid in the Netherlands, such as documents relating to consular divorces
  • documents stating that goods were not produced in or shipped via Israel
  • religious certificates, such as certificates of Christianity or baptism certificates
  • documents stamped ‘seen by’/’gezien door’ or ‘seen for copy’/’gezien voor kopie

Legalisation by a foreign embassy or consulate

Following legalisation by the CDC and, where appropriate, the district court, the foreign country’s embassy or consulate may also want to legalise it. Ask the foreign country’s embassy or consulate if this is necessary.

The Consular Service Centre (CDC)

Address for visitors

Bezuidenhoutseweg 67
2594 AC Den Haag

Opening times

Weekdays from 09:00 to 12:30

The legalisation desk is closed on official holidays. In 2017 it will also be closed on 28 April (the day after King’s Day) and 26 May (the day after Ascension Day).

Postal address

Postbus 20061
2500 EB Den Haag

Telephone numbers

Within the Netherlands: 247-247-247
Phoning from abroad: +31-247-247-247

Email address