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Birth certificate translation


To apply for Belgian nationality, I need a translated copy of my British birth certificate. It needs to be verified by the Tribunal de Première Instance. The commune said they are not allowed to give a list of companies ?!
So does anybody know any good (and cheap) translators that can do it ?


Where do you live?

Jan 23, 2018 23:27
rose waisberg

We do sworn translations and specialise in these types of translations for the communes.If you are interested please contact us at
Many thanks.

Jan 24, 2018 00:05

I used
Searched around and he was by far the cheapest and did a excellent job

Jan 24, 2018 03:11

The commune do not give recommendations so that there is no risk of a recommendation being simply the translator who gives the biggest tip to the commune staff.
A translation can be done by any approved translator in the country. It doesn't have to be someone local to you.
I had my birth certificate translated by someone whom I picked from I did everything by phone, email and snail mail and never met the person who did the job.
Your translator will get the translation certified by the court where they are registered and, again, this doesn't have to be at your local court.

Jan 24, 2018 08:59

Three useful tips:

1) you need a new copy of your birth certificate - it has to be less than 6 months old when submitted to the commune.

2) part of your certificate - names etc - is completed in manuscript and this can be difficult for the translator to read accurately, I supplied a typed-up copy of the manuscript items to ensure that the translation/transcription was accurate (and got thanks for so doing).

3) if your father's occupation was very unusual or was described in archaic officialese (mine was described as "omnibus driver"), tell the translator what the equivalent occupation would be in modern French/Dutch.

Jan 24, 2018 10:02

All certified translators, all languages, all jurisdiction in Belgium.

Our local one was great. I think it was €40 per certificate + €40 for the court visit to get them all stamped.

Yes, you do need a fresh copy of your birth certificate. Who you get it from depends on where you were born, but it's an easy enough thing to google for.
A few days for Scotland, 6 weeks for England.

Jan 24, 2018 15:27