Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Ireland

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Ireland? The Netherlands embassy in Dublin can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry for you.

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

In case your non-Dutch partner was married before, he/she needs to send or email a divorce certificate as well.

Application procedure for consular certificates in Ireland

You can send the required documents by mail to:

Netherlands embassy
Attn: Consular department
160 Merrion Road
Dublin 4

You can also scan the required documents and send them via email to the embassy. 

As we'll need to state on the certificate for which purpose you need it, please indicate this clearly in your letter or email.

On average, it takes 5 working days to prepare a certificate and send it to your address. If you have sent original documents, they will be returned.

Costs and payment

You can check the overview of consular fees for the price of a consular certificate.

You can transfer the total amount to the bank account of the embassy. Please clearly indicate: consular certificate + your name.

Bank details:
Name bank ING Bank
Address Amsterdam Financial Plaza
Bijlmerdreef 109
1102 BW Amsterdam
Account in the name of Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken
IBAN NL74 INGB 0705 4541 77
BIC or SWIFT code INGBNL2A

Any questions?

In case you have questions after reading the information on this page, you can send an email via the contact form.