Recognition of Foreign Documents

The Danish State Administration has to evaluate foreign documents to find out if the documents are genuine. Documents from certain countries are required to be legalised or obtain an Apostille endorsement.

Please note that this must be done before the application is submitted to The Danish State Administration.
 

Documents that do not need to be legalised or obtain an Apostille endorsement:

If the document is issued respectively in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Turkey it normally does not need to be legalised or obtain an Apostille endorsement in order to be approved in Denmark.

The same applies to documents from all European countries except the following (exemption countries): Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. 
  

Documents that must have an Apostille endorsement:

If the documents are issued in another country than the abovementioned, or in one of the abovementioned European exemption countries, and the country has acceded to the Apostille Convention (The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961), it is required that the document has an Apostille endorsement from the country of origin.

See the list of countries that have acceded to the Apostille Convention here.
  

Documents that need to be legalised:

If the document was issued in a country that is not among the abovementioned, the document must be legalised in order to be accepted as a genuine document in Denmark.

The documents must be legalised in the country where the documents were issued. The legalising process may vary from country to country, but in most countries the procedure is as follows:

  1. The ministry concerned must legalise the individual who issued the document.
  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark must legalise the person involved from the ministry concerned (mentioned in section 1s).
  3. The Danish embassy/consulate must legalise the person involved from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (mentioned in section 2).  

  
Specific requirements for documents from Pakistan and Nigeria:

Documents from respectively Pakistan and Nigeria must be both legalised and authenticated. When the documents have been authenticated you will receive documentation containing the information from the document.

For more information about legalising and authenticating documents from Pakistan, in relation to applying for a Certificate of Marital Status, you can find guidance here

For more information about legalising and authenticating documents from Nigeria, in relation to applying for a Certificate of Marital Status, you can find guidance here

  
Translations

Please note, that the documents you are submitting to us have to be translated into Danish, German or English by a certified translator. The Apostille endorsement has to be translated too. If the document has been legalised, then all stamps must translated as well. 

  
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Senest opdateret 13. mar 2019
 
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