Getting married or entering into a registered partnership in Italy

If you are a Dutch national and you are planning to get married or enter into a registered partnership in Italy, check the additional requirements you must meet and the documents you will need. If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with your municipality, so that the details can be entered in the Personal Records Database (BRP).

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, your marriage or registered partnership will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner must not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

If you are planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry or enter into a registered partnership at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

You will require documents in order to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad. The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include an official copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with the municipality where you live. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The personal data held on you in the Personal Records Database (BRP) will be updated.

Sometimes you may need to have a foreign official document legalised first. Legalisation is usually done in the country where the document originates. Find out whether you need to have your document legalised and, if so, how.

Converting a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership into a Dutch one

If you wish, you can have a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership converted into a Dutch one by the Foreign Documents Department of the municipality of The Hague.

This is not mandatory but it will make things easier in the future if you ever need an official copy of the certificate. An official copy of a marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership bears a stamp and the signature of a Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships. This will save you having to request one from abroad. Instead, you can request an official copy online from the municipality of The Hague.

Find out how you can have foreign official documents converted into Dutch ones.

Marrying or entering into a registered partnership in this country or region

Getting married in Italy - points of attention

  • Italian law states that women who have been married before, are allowed to marry again only 300 days after the final judgement of the divorce. If the date of divorce is not mentioned on the certificate of legal capacity to marry, you'll have to submit additional documents (in that case please contact the Dutch embassy in Rome via email);
  • When you are born in another country than the Netherlands, please consult whether the Italian municipality accepts a birth certificate that has been issued by that respective country;
  • You can contact the Italian municipality where you want to get married, if you have other questions with respect to the marriage or further formalities, such as reservation of date, witnesses (max. 1 witness per partner), translator (if needed), owed costs/amount. Please note that taking out a marriage licence (= ondertrouw) isn't necessary for a marriage in Italy between two Dutch citizens who don't live in Italy;
  • The Netherlands acknowledges a marriage, legally closed in Italy and established in an Italian certificate;
  • As well as in the Netherlands, in Italy one can choose between marriage in community of goods (“la comunione dei beni”) or on marital conditions (“la separazione dei beni”). In case you choose the last option, you can ask a notary in the Netherlands to draw up the marital conditions. Subsequently, you can take the document with you to the municipality where you want to get married;
  • You need an Italian marriage certificate (multilingual model) to register your marriage at the municipality in the Netherlands where you live. This certificate does not have to be legalised;
  • It is advisable to convert your Italian marriage certificate (multilingual model) into a Dutch marriage certificate. This can be done at the municipality of The Hague, Foreign Documents Department (afdeling "Landelijke Taken");
  • When you intend to marry in Italy, there is no need to inform the Dutch embassy in Rome about this.

Getting married in Italy - you are Dutch and living in the Netherlands

If you are a Dutch citizen living in the Netherlands and you want to get married in Italy, the following recent (not older than 1 year), original documents need to be submitted to the respective Italian municipality:

  • a valid Dutch passport or identification card (ID);
  • birth certificate (multilingual model, stating the names of the parents)*;
  • certificate of legal capacity to marry (multilingual model, issued by the Dutch municipality where you are registered)*.
    * these documents don't need to be legalised   

Some Italian municipalities may ask for a so-called Nulla Osta. This is a declaration of marital status drawn up by the Dutch embassy in Rome. When this is the case in the municipality where you want to get married, you can print this consular declaration in color and hand it in together with the Dutch multilingual documents.

Partners of the same sexe and registered partnership

  • In Italy, marriage and the cohabitation contract for partners of the same sex have been subject of political, societal and judicial discussion for a long time.
  • Italy does not (yet) allow marriage between partners of the same sex.
  • In the beginning of 2016, the Italian Senate approved a law on registered partnership for partners of the same sex.
  • Due to this law, partners of the same sex got the same rights as married couples with respect to inheritances, cohabitation, pensions and the acceptance of each other’s family name.
  • The law does not include the right to adoption, neither of children of one partner by the other.
  • In order to establish a registered partnership at an Italian municipality, you have to submit the following documents:
    - a valid Dutch passport or ID card;
    - a birth certificate (multilingual model, stating the names of the parents)*;
    - a certificate of legal capacity to get married (multilingual model, issued by the Dutch municipality where you are registered)*.
    * these documents don't need to be legalised

Getting married in Italy - you are Dutch and living in Italy

When you live in Italy (or abroad), the Italian municipality where you want to get married will probably ask for a so-called Nulla Osta. This is a certificate of legal capacity to marry, issued by the Dutch embassy in Rome, with you personal details and your marital status.

You can contact the municipality of the city where you would like to get married to check this. If this so-called Nulla Osta is requested, you can, under certain conditions, apply for a certificate of legal capacity at the Dutch embassy in Rome. Do you not meet the conditions? Then the embassy can issue a statement about marital status.

In case you have lived in another country/other countries, you should also request a declaration of the respective local authorities municipality, stating your marital status during the period you lived there.