Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Senegal

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Senegal? The Netherlands embassy in Dakar can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry for you.

If you want to get married in Gambia, you will need this cerfiticate.

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

In case your non-Dutch partner was married before, he/she also has to provide an extract of his/her divorce certificate.

How can I apply for a consular certificate in Senegal?

If you want to apply for a consularcertificate, please make an appointment via our online appointment system.

Payment

You can check the overview of our consular fees for the costs of a declaration and the payment method.

Any questions?

In case you have a question after reading the information on this page, you can send an email via the contact form. We strive to answer your email within 48 hours.