Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Egypt

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Egypt? If you have never lived in the Netherlands, the Netherlands embassy in Cairo can draw up this document for you.

Are you a Dutch citizen and do you live in the Netherlands or have you lived in the Netherlands? In that case, you must apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry (verklaring van huwelijksbevoegdheid) from the municipality where you live or where you last lived. Were you a minor when you left the Netherlands? Then you must also apply at the municipality where you last lived. The certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

What documents do you need?

To apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, you need 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 does your non-Dutch partner need?

When you apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, your non-Dutch partner needs 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.

How much do you need to pay?

A consular certificate costs €30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) payable to:

Bank details
Bank name ING Bank N.V.
Adress bank Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 109
Postal code bank 1102 BW
Bank location Amsterdam
Account holder Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address Rijnstraat 8
Postal code 2515 XP
Location Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC INGBNL2A

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VOH - <initials and last name> - <country/city where you apply for the certificate>.

For example: VOH - PJ Janssen - US, Washington

Certificate of legal capacity to marry in this country or region

Additional information about the documents required for your application

In addition to the documents mentioned earlier on this page, the following applies to the application for a certificate legal capacity to marry in Egypt:

  • if your partner has a (valid) Egyptian ID card it should be translated by a certified translator.
  • the certificate of residence of your prospective spouse must be issued by the local police or the Shahr ’Iqari. The document must be legalised by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated by a certified translator.

  • at your request, the embassy can issue the certificate in Arabic. Do you want to use the statement in Egypt? Then you must have it legalised by the consular department of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

How do you apply for a certificate?

Send a scan (in pdf format) of all the required documents to: kai-ca@minbuza.nl. Please don’t forget to mention in your email for which purpose you need the certificate.

How long will this process take?

The average processing time for applications is 10 working days. You may be asked to send additional documents if your application is not complete. Please note! This may result in a delay in processing your application.

You will receive the certificate via email.

Do you need an original certificate?

If you require an original certificate, please state this clearly in your email.

The embassy does not send certificates by post. You will receive an email from the embassy when the certificate can be picked up.

Check the embassy's contact page to see on which days and times you can do this.

Contact?

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