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The legalisation convention is the convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents, also known as the Apostille Convention (5 October 1961). This convention does not completely abolish legalisation but shortens the chain so that only a single action is required, the addition of an apostille. A document bearing an apostille does not require any further legalisation by the embassy or consulate of the country in which it is to be used.

Apostille for Belgium - Legalising Belgian Documents
If your document originates from Belgium then it should be legalised by the correct authority where the document was created or issued. For any document issued in Belgium we suggest you try to contact the following

Designated Competent Authority(ies):

Ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce extérieur et de la Coopération au Développement

Contact details:

Address: rue des Petits Carmes 27
Telephone: +32 (2) 501 32 00
Fax: +32 (2) 501 37 90
E-mail: legalisation.ae@diplobel.fed.be
Languages of communication: Dutch, French
General website (see also "Practical Information") : http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/index.jsp

What is legalization?

Legalization certify the origin of a document. Is the authentication by an official authority of the sincerity of a signature, the capacity of the signer and, if appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp on the document.

What are the hours of Legalisation? Where is he?

Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 15:30.

Address: rue des Petits Carmes 27, 1000 Brussels.

Is it faster to submit documents at the counter? Counters they legalize documents on the same day?

Yes, but should not exceed 10 documents per customer.

Over 10 papers presented at the same time counter:

You are welcome to leave your deposit material
payment is made at the time of deposit and cash only
removal of documents can take place within 48 hours.

Should I bring the document myself?

No. Anyone can bring the document.

Will you legalize diplomas issued in Belgium?

Yes, if they have ly been authenticated by one of our Communities which the establishment of Teaching:

French Community
City Center
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 20-22/3 th floor
1000 Brussels
Tel. : 02/690 80 52 or 02/690 80 33
This legalization is issued free of charge by the service.

Flemish Community
Hendrik Consciencegebouw / 14 1B
Koning Albert II-laan, 15
1210 Brussels
Tel. : 02/553 87 78
This legalization is issued free of charge by the service.

DG, Ministry of Education
Gospertstrasse, 1-5
4700 Eupen
Tel. : 087/59 63 61

Will you legalize copies of passports or identity cards?

No. If it is a Belgian paper, we suggest that you ask your town a certificate showing the items on the documents to be signed by the mayor or alderman. You can also contact a notary. The certificate shall not present the picture of the identity document.

If it is a foreign passport, please contact the embassy of the country concerned. The copy of this document will be legalized by the Legalisation Office at FPS Foreign Affairs.

Is deeds issued by a Belgian embassy should be legalized by the Legalisation Office at FPS Foreign Affairs?


Where should we legalize foreign documents to be able to use in Belgium?

Foreign documents must be legalized in their country of origin. Unless these documents have been coated with an apostille (cf. Hague Convention), they must ultimately be legalized by a Belgian embassy or consulate abroad. A foreign document legalized by a Belgian embassy or consulate abroad through a sticker provided with a "control number" consisting of a continuous series of at least 16 digits is valid and directly used in Belgium. (Deletion of "double authentication" by the Legalisation Office in Brussels).

I have a foreign document that I need to use abroad.
It should check with the authorities of the country in which you must use the document.

Should I bring an identity document?

Is that the document to be legalized must be written in French, Dutch or German?
No. But the document must be signed by a notary public.

Are you translate documents?
No. Documents must be translated by a sworn translator. Sworn translator's signature is authenticated by the President of the Court of First Instance on which it depends, and then signed by the President of the Tribunal shall be legalized by the Legalisation Office SPF Justice (115, Boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels - metro door Halle. Tel. 02542 65 32. This number is linked to an autoresponder.'s e-mail: legal@just.fgov.be . translation and the original document will then be presented to our service for either an apostille (cf. Hague Convention) or legalization.

How much does a legalization or apostille?
15 euro.

How can I pay?
Papers presented at the counter
or cash bancontact
processing time: 0 to 48 hours (depending on the number of documents)
Documents mailed: by bank transfer

FOD in BZ Legalisaties Consular Zaken B & B1.3
Egmont II-B & B1.3
Karmelietenstraat 15
-1000 Brussel
Number: 100-0086141-39 with National Bank of Belgium
IBAN: BE13100008614139

C2.1-type document legalization + + person + country / common destination
processing time: greater than or equal to 10 days

What is the address or email address to which to send the documents?

SPF Foreign
Service C2.1-Legalization  
rue des Petits Carmes 15
1000 Brussels

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