Civil law notaries or institutions may occasionally ask you to sign a power of attorney or statement in the presence of a civil law notary. That civil law notary will then determine that you have personally signed the document, ensuring that the signature you have placed is actually your own.


Companies and other organisations often require authentication of their representatives, usually together with a statement that these representatives are authorised to represent the company or organisation. This is called an authorisation.

True Copy

Authorities and organisations increasingly request true copies (authenticated copies) of official documents like diplomas, passports or deeds. The civil law notary issues a statement certifying that he or she has seen the original. You then do not have to send out the original of your document, but just the true copy.

International and Apostille

If necessary, the civil law notary’s statements on the documents can be issued also in English, French or German. Foreign authorities often ask for an apostille. This means that the Court verifies the civil law notary’s signature.

Costs and Identification

Van Buttingha Wichers notarissen can arrange for authentications, legalizations, authorisations or true copies. When you call us for an appointment, we will inform you of the costs. We only accept payments by PIN. Please bring your valid, original, passport or other ID to your appointment (no copies).

For further information, please contact:

  • Martijn Tigelaar (legalisation desk employee)