Declaration of marital status in Nigeria

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Nigeria? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Netherlands consulate in Lagos can draw up this document for you.

The Netherlands representation in Abuja does not provide consular services.

Declaration of marital status

If you wish to marry abroad, you may need a declaration of marital status. To obtain one, you must produce several documents to prove that you are not married or in a registered partnership.

What documents do you need when applying?

If you have never been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • a declaration of unmarried status from the Dutch municipality where you lived before moving abroad (you can apply for this yourself at the municipality concerned)

If you have previously been married

  • proof that you have Dutch nationality, this may be any one of the following documents:
    • a Dutch passport
    • a Dutch national identity card
    • a certificate of Dutch nationality
  • an address and proof of registration of place of residence
  • divorce certificates, foreign judgments or a death certificate

You may need to have the original legalised and translated. The rules vary per country. 

The term ongehuwd (unmarried)

The term ongehuwd (unmarried) is used only if you have never married or entered into a registered partnership. If you have been married previously or been in a registered partnership, the term gescheiden (which means you have divorced or terminated a registered partnership) or weduwe/weduwnaar (widow/widower) will be used in the declaration. Details of any and all previous marriages or registered partnerships must appear on the document.

Declaration of marital status in this country or region

In addition to the documents mentioned above, you must also bring proof of your current address.

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.

Any questions?

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