Declaration of marital status in Australia

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Australia? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney can draw up this document for you.

Due to the corona virus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. Please check the online appointment system to see if it is possible to make an appointment. If no times are available, it is not yet possible to submit an application at the embassy or consulate general.

Declaration of marital status

If you wish to marry abroad, you may need a declaration of marital status. To obtain one, you must produce several documents to prove that you are not married or in a registered partnership.

What documents do you need when applying?

If you have never been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • a declaration of unmarried status from the Dutch municipality where you lived before moving abroad (you can apply for this yourself at the municipality concerned)

If you have previously been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • divorce certificates, foreign judgments or a death certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country. 

The term ongehuwd (unmarried)

The term ongehuwd (unmarried) is used only if you have never married or entered into a registered partnership. If you have been married previously or been in a registered partnership, the term gescheiden (which means you have divorced or terminated a registered partnership) or weduwe/weduwnaar (widow/widower) will be used in the declaration. Details of any and all previous marriages or registered partnerships must appear on the document.

Declaration of marital status in this country or region

In addition to the documents mentioned above, you will also need to submit the following document:

  • a declaration of the local authorities stating that you aren't married: a certificate of single status or a certificate of no result of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. An apostille of the Australian department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is required on this document.

Application procedure for consular certificates in Australia

The above mentioned certificate can be requested  by sending the required documents to the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney.

Points of attention:

  • Clearly state in the reason why you need the certificate in your letter. We will state this on the certificate.
  • If you are sending a copy of your passport, it is mandatory to get a signature and a stamp from the Justice of the Peace.
  • An apostille or legaisation is required on all Australian or non-Dutch documents, regardless of whether you send the documents by post or if you submit the documents in person.
  • Send a "Registered Post" envelope with your full name and address (on the front and the back). We need it to send the certificate to you.
  • On average, it takes 4-6 weeks to prepare a certificate and send it to you. If you have sent original documents, they will be returned to you together with the certificate.

Would you like to apply in person? Then you can make an appointment at the consulate-general in Sydney via the online appointment system.

Payment

Check the overview of our consular fees for the costs and payment methods of a consular certificate.

If you apply for a certificate by post, you can also pay via credit card. For this, you must fill in a creditcard authorisation form and send it to the Netherlands consulate-general in Sydney.

Contact?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send your questions via the contact form.