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Authentication / Legalization of Documents

The Government of Canada is not party to The Hague Apostille Convention. For this reason, Dutch documents, such as death and marriage certificates, may require authentication (sometimes referred to as legalization) before you can use them officially in Canada. Canadian documents must also be authenticated before they can be used in the Netherlands.

Authentication is a certification of the genuineness of the signature and seal or the position of an official who has the authority to execute, issue, or certify a document so that a document executed, issued or certified in one jurisdiction may be recognized in another jurisdiction.

Authentication does not certify the genuineness, legality or credibility of a document or its content.

Authentication of Dutch Documents

Canadian law does not require the legalization of foreign public documents for use in Canada. Verify the requirement for legalization with the authority to which the document in question will be submitted before requesting this service.

The Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands can authenticate the signatures of authorized officials of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A consular fee applies.

You may drop off documents in person during the consular and passport section’s hours of operation.

Authentication of Canadian Documents

Canadian documents must be authenticated at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, and then legalized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also in Ottawa, before they will be accepted by Dutch authorities.

Before sending any documents to Canada, make sure you meet all the requirements, have all the supporting documentation and have filled out all the required information.

Process for authenticating Canadian documents

Other Canadian documents

Provincial vital statistics offices issue birth, death and marriage certificates in Canada.

List of Vital Statistics offices in Canada

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Date Modified:
2018-07-31