Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Israel

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Israel? The Netherlands embassy in Tel Aviv can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry 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.

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.

Certificate of legal capacity to marry in this country or region

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

Application procedure for consular certificates in Israel

You can send an e-mail to the embassy to apply for your certificate. You can scan all the required documents and send them as an attachment with your email. Please indicate clearly in your email what you need the certificate for. We mention this in the certificate.

The embassy will let you know when you can pick up the certificate. You can then collect the statement during the opening times of the consular department:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Before you come, please check the days that the embassy is closed.

Payment

When you collect the certificate, you' ll have to pay for it. Check the overview of the consular fees for the costs and the payment method.

Any questions?

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