Marriage or civil partnership in the Netherlands

In order to get married or register a partnership in the Netherlands, at least one of the partners must:

- have Dutch nationality or
- be permanently residing in the Netherlands.

A marriage in the Netherlands is only valid if it has been solemnised by the 'ambtenaar van de burgerlijke stand' i.e. the registrar. Religious ceremonies can be held, but only after the civil marriage has been concluded.

Dutch nationals living abroad who would like to get married or register a partnership in the Netherlands, will need to contact the Dienst Burgerzaken in The Hague.

British nationals getting married to a Dutch national in the Netherlands will require a recently issued birth certificate and a certificate of no impediment issued by their local register office. Both these documents will have to be legalised with an apostille by the Legalisation Office.