Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Sierra Leone

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Sierra Leone? The embassy or consulate can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry for you.

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 needs a divorce certificate as well.

How do you apply for the declaration?

Send a scan (in pdf format) of all the required documents to: acc-ca@minbuza.nl.

Please mention for which purpose you need the certificate.

How long will this process take?

The average processing time for applications is 10 working days. You may be asked to send additional documents if your application is not complete. Please note, this may result in a delay in processing your application.

You will receive the certificate via email.

Application procedure in person

You can come in without an appointment on Monday between 10.00 and 12.00.

Payment

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

Transfer the total amount to the embassy's bank account in the name of:

Netherlands Embassy Accra
IBAN: NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC of SWIFT CODE: INGBNL2AXXX

ING Bank N.V.
Foreign Operations
PO Box 1800
1000 BV Amsterdam

Please mention on consignment: consular statement + your name.

Contact?

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