Declaration of marital status in Senegal

Do you need a certificate of marital status in Senegal? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Netherlands embassy in Dakar can do it instead.

You will need this declaration if you want to get married in Senegal, Guinee, Guinee-Bissau and Mauritania.

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

How can I apply for a consular certificate in Senegal?

You don't need to make an appointment to apply for a consular certificate. You can come by without an appointment during the opening hours of the consular section:

  • Monday until Thursday: 8.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 16.30 hours.
  • Friday: 8.30 - 14.00 hours.

Before you come, we advise you to check the days on which the embassy is closed.

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.