Apostille from Belgium

Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from Belgium by apostille.

Belgium has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in the year 1973. Therefore no diplomatic authentication or legalization of documents from Belgium is required for the legal communication with another member state of the convention. The documents only need to be stamped with an "apostille" by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.

Apostille certified documents must be issued in Belgium in French, Dutch, German, English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. If the document is written in another language, it must be accompanied by a translation into one of the official languages ​​of Belgium, drawn up by a court interpreter, and the signature of the translator must be certified by the chairman of the court. In this case, the translation and the document itself will be apostilled separately.

An apostille in Belgium is a stamp of rectangular shape in Dutch, French or German, containing the mandatory title “Apostille” and a link to the Hague Convention of 1961 in French (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961).

In Belgium at the moment it is possible to certify documents exclusively with an electronic apostille without affixing a stamp. The authenticity of the apostille in this case can be checked on a special Internet resource.

Apostille from Belgium

Responsible for issuing the apostille is the Legalization Division of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

The following documents can be authenticated by apostille:

  • Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
  • Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
  • Extracts from the commercial register
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
  • Commercial documents legalized by a state organ of registration (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)

Requirements for the documents:

An apostille can be issued exclusively on an original document. Therefor, the latter must be in an apparent good condition, all stamps and signatures have to be clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain alien marking and labels.

Additional services

In addition to the legalization of your documents, we can provide you with high quality translations.

If you want to bring company information before the court, it needs to be legalised as well. We are therefore offering extracts from the commercial register of Belgium including apostille and translation.

Your benefits:

  • No registration or subscription
  • Fast and reliable processing
  • Payment by invoice

Schmidt & Schmidt guarantees the highest quality and reliability. We render all of our services in strict compliance with the applicable data protection laws. Our specialists are well-equipped and thoroughly acquainted with their tasks.

Working with us is easy and convenient!

Usually, processing the documents takes us 14 days.

Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.

You can pay for our services by PayPal, bank transfer or card.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an apostille for a document from Belgium without international shipping from 178,50 € from 150,00 €

Do you have any questions about the offer? Contact us and arrange a free of charge consultation!

In our video we are explaining what an apostille is and where to apply for it. Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you with all issues concerning the apostille.

Legalization of a document is a process, which allows to legitimate the document issued in one country for its usage in another.

It means, if you want to submit a document, issued in one country, to authorities in a target country, the document must primarily prove its authenticity. Legalization confirms the authority of the issuing official as well as an authenticity of his signature and seal.

Legalization is needed for official non-commercial documents.

There are following procedures of legalization of documents:

  • Consular legalization
  • Apostille (a simplified procedure of legalization)
  • Legalization of documents by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Consular legalization applies to countries, that have not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, which implemented a law about the procedure of apostille (a lot of European countries are member states of this convention).

Legalization of documents through the Chamber of Commerce is carried out in relation to commercial documents (contracts, invoices etc).

No, not always. In some cases, countries can make bi- or multilateral agreements that completely revoke legalization of documents for their recognition in the member countries.

For example, a CIEC convention from 1976 or bilateral treaties between Germany and Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland.

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