Declaration of marital status in Saudi Arabia

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Saudi Arabia? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Dutch embassy in Riyadh can do it instead.

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.

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

Applying for a consular declaration or certificate in person

Do you want to apply for a consular declaration or certificate in person?

Please make an appointment via the online appointment system.

Applying for a consular declaration or certificate by post or email

Do you want to apply for a consular declaration or certificate by post or email?

Please send the necessary documents by post to the following address:

Abdullah Hizaf Asehmi Street
(Diplomatic Quarter)
11693 Riyadh

You can also scan the documents and send them to the embassy by email. Please mention in your email for what purpose you need the declaration or certificate. The embassy will write this on the declaration or certificate. 

Did you send original documents? The embassy will send them back to you.

Payment

Please check the overview of consular fees to see how much you need to pay. You must arrange and pay for the courier yourself.  

Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) payable to:

Bank name: ING Bank N.V.
Bank address: Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 106, 1102 CT Amsterdam
Account holder: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address: Rijnstraat 8, 2515 XP Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN: NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC: INGBNL2A

Please state the following on the transfer:

  • Certificate of residence: VOW – [NAME customer] – RIY
  • Declaration of marital status: VOB – [NAME customer] – RIY
  • Certificate of legal capacity to marry: VOH – [NAME customer] – RIY

Example: VOW – PJ Janssen – RIY

Contact?

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