Notarisation of signature

Sometimes a signature needs to be notarised. The municipality will then verify whether the signature on a document is truly your own.

When is a notarised signature needed?

You need a notarised signature when:

  • you are the guarantor for a foreign visitor who needs a short-stay visa for the Netherlands. The proof of sponsorship (letter of invitation) is issued by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • you would like send an important document to a foreign country.
  • you would like to arrange an inheritance abroad.
If you are married or in an unmarried partnership, permission needs to be granted for a proof of sponsorship by both you as the sponsor as well as your spouse/registered partner. Both of you must come to the appointment in person to sign your names in the presence of a municipal official. You will then pay to notarise 2 signatures per proof of sponsorship.

    Validity of a notarised signature

    • If you request a notarised signature because you are the guarantor for a foreign visitor who needs a short-stay visa for the Netherlands: the notarised signature is valid for 3 months.
    • If you request a notarised signature because you want to arrange an inheritance abroad or send an important document to a foreign country: the validity of the notarised signature depends on the agency requesting the signature or the country you are sending the document to. You can inquire about this at the agency requesting the notarised signature.

    Required for a notarised signature

    A valid form of identification. Take this with you to the appointment.

    Make an appointment

    • To have your signature notarised, you must visit the counter of the Centrum or Escamp city office in person. Make an appointment to do this.
    • The official who will verify your signature needs to watch you sign your name.
    • When a signature is notarised, the mayor declares the authenticity of your signature on a specific document.

    Make an appointment

    Fees

    Notarisation costs € 14.85 per signature in 2019.

    You can pay in cash or use a bank card at the Centrum and Escamp city offices.

    How long does it take?

    Your signature will be notarised when you visit the counter at the Centrum or Escamp city office.