Birth Certificate Legalisation

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Birth certificate legalization
Important update: Now the Indian documents need not be legalized, but they should get an apostille stamp from concerned authorities from Ministry of External affairs. This can be done at any of the 4 cities (New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad) in India. For more information follow the below link:

How to get your birth certificate legalized?

The first thing that you need to do for getting a visa (referred to as MVV in dutch) is to get your birth certificate legalized. The process of getting the birth certificate legalized is a bit lengthy. However, if you know what to do in advance, it should not be a problem. Please follow the guidelines mentioned below for getting it done.

The process can be split in to 4 stages.

Stage1: Getting the birth certificate from your place of birth

Stage2: Getting the birth certificate attested/notarized by your state births and deaths registrar located in your state head quarters

Stage3: Getting the birth certificate attested by Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi

Stage4: Getting the birth certificate legalized by the dutch embassy.


1. Get the birth certificate issued from local municipality or gram panchayat. The certificate should not be older than 6 months for the legalization.

2. Make sure that your name is expanded completely (abbreviations are not allowed) and is same as in your passport. For example, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi should not be written as M. K. Gandhi. It should be completely expanded.

3. The place of birth, father's name and mother's name should match with the details in your passport.
4. In India, there is a possibility of registering the birth without giving a name to the newly born baby as the name will be decided at a later time. In that case, the birth certificate will be issued with the name of the candidate left...
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