Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Nigeria

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

The Netherlands representation in Abuja does not provide consular services.

Due to the coronavirus, the possibilities to apply for this declaration at an embassy or consulate-general are limited. To see if it is possible to make an appointment, please check the online appointment system (unless otherwise indicated). 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.

Check the website of the municipality where you are applying to see what documents you need. These documents may differ from the ones mentioned on this page. 

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.

In person

There is no need to make an appointment. Opening hours:

Monday till Thursday 8.00 - 16.00 hour
Friday 8.00 - 15.00 hour

Payment

Please check the overview of the consular fees for the costs and payment method.

Contact?

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