Certificate of legal capacity to marry in China

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in China? The Netherlands embassy in Beijing or the consulates-general in Shanghai and Guangzhou can draw up this document for you.

The consulate general in Chongqing does not provide consular services.

What documents do I need to bring with me?

To apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, you must provide copies of the following documents:

  • a valid Dutch identity document
  • an extract from the register of births
  • a civil status extract showing that you are not married. The extract may not be more than 12 months old
  • a divorce certificate if you have previously been married

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

What documents should my (non-Dutch) partner bring?

When you apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, your non-Dutch partner must bring copies of the following documents:

  • a passport or another identity document

  • an official document stating his or her address (this document varies from country to country)
  • a declaration of unmarried status.

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

Certificate of legal capacity to marry in this country or region

If one of the partners is of Chinese nationality, the Chinese authorities do not need a declaration of marital status before entering into a marriage in China. The statement is only needed if it concerns two people who are both not Chinese nationals.

By e-mail

You can scan the documents and send them by e-mail to:

Indicate clearly in your e-mail what you need the certificate for. We mention this in the certificate.

On average it takes 2 working days to prepare a certificate. If you have sent original documents, they will be returned. State your Chinese mailing address in Chinese characters in your message.

In person

You can make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Payment

After receiving your request by e-mail, you will receive a message from the embassy with the payment instructions.

Please check the overview of the consular fees for the costs and payment method.

Any questions?

Do you have questions after reading the information on this page? Please send an e-mail via the contact form.