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Legalisation of documents

A document that is official and legal in one country is not necessarily official and legal in another. Many documents must therefore be legalised if you wish to use them abroad.

The legalisation process involves checking the origin of the relevant document. Legalisation is official confirmation that the signature of the civil servant that has signed a document, or the seal or stamp on the document, is legitimate.

It is not only the signature of the person that has issued the document that is legalised, the process can also legalise the signature of the legalising registrar. Every signature, every seal and every stamp will be legalised by the person authorised to do so and who is familiar with each signature, seal or stamp. This explains why various legalisations are sometimes required, in a specific order.

A country may have signed up to a legalisation treaty that encompasses agreements about how countries accept one another's official documents. Many countries have signed up to the "Apostille Convention" of The Hague of 5 October 1961. With this, just 1 legalisation is required via an apostille stamp.

Legalisation of a signature on a document intended for Belgium

If you would like us to legalise your signature on a document that is intended  for Belgium, you have to be registered with us and you need to book an appointment via our online appointment system. You will not be able to enter the Embassy if you do not have an appointment.
You will need to bring along : the relevant document, a proof of identity and your bank card. A legalisation costs £18 and will be done while you wait.

Legalisation of your signature on a parental letter of consent  to travel abroad

If you would like us to legalise your signature on a parental letter of consent to travel abroad, you need to book an appointment via our online appointment system. You will not be able to enter the Embassy if you do not have an appointment.
You will need to bring along : a proof of identity, the birth certificate of the child if not known at the Embassy (not registered in our Consular Population Register) and your bank card. Our Consulate can provide you with a form of consent to travel abroad. The legalisation of your signature will cost £18.

Certified copy of your passport

If you would like us to certify a copy of your passport, you need to book an appointment via our online appointment system. You will not be able to enter the Embassy if you do not have an appointment.
You will need to bring along : your valid passport and a bank card. The certification costs £18 and will be done while you wait.

Legalisation of a student sponsorship letter (annexe 32)

This can ONLY be done by lodging an application file by post. For more information CLICK HERE

Questions and answers about the legalisation of documents:

  1. How can Belgian documents be legalised for use abroad?
  2. How can foreign documents be legalised for use in Belgium?
  3. How can foreign documents be legalised for use abroad?
  4. Does the document to be legalised have to be drawn up in French, Dutch or German?
  5. What if it cannot be legalised?
  6. Can I have my legalised foreign certificate transferred to Belgium?

For legalisation from abroad, you can also consult the website of our representative at the location concerned, i.e. Belgian embassies and consulates.

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