Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Malawi

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Malawi? The embassy or consulate 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

How to apply for a consular certificate at the Dutch embassy in Harare

Scan the required documents and proof of payment and send it by email to the embassy with full details of what the payment is for. The certificate needs to be specified for it’s purpose, so please mention the purpose of the certificate in your email.

When the document is ready, the embassy will contact you after which you contact courier services to come and collect the documents at the embassy in Harare and deliver to your address.

On average it takes 5 working days for the certificate to be produced.

If you want to come in person to the embassy in Harare, you'll have to make an appointment via the online appointment system.

How much do you need to pay?

For the costs of a certificate you can check the overview of consular fees.

The payment is made through the ING-account in the Netherlands:

Bank account name: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Betreft FSO-Posten
Bank: ING Bank
Address: Financial Plaza Bijlmerdreef 109, 102 BW Amsterdam, Nederland
IBAN: NL74 INGB 0705454177
BIC: INGBNL2A

In the description of the payment you have to mention :

  • Harare
  • Consular Statement
  • Name and surname

Please note all costs of the transfer are on the client’s account.

Any questions?

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