Declaration of marital status in Switzerland

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

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.

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

Additional information

Besides the documents mentioned above, you should also bring the following:

  • A document issued by the local authorities mentioning your marital status.
  • Proof of legal residence in Switzerland by the local authorities.

Application procedure for certificates by mail/ e-mail

For this certificate you can send the required documents by post to:

Netherlands embassy
Attn. Consular section
Seftigenstrasse 7
3000 Bern 14

E-mail
You can also scan all the documents mentioned above and send them by e-mail. Please clearly state in your email what the purpose of the certificate is as this will be mentioned in the document. Please also state in which language you would like the certificate to be issued. We can draw up the certificate in Dutch, English, French or German.

On average it will take 7 working days to issue the certificate and send it to you by mail. If you have sent us original documents, these will be returned to you.

Payment

Please check the overview of the consular fees for the amount due. Contact us for the current shipping costs.

You have two payment options:

  1. you can send the total amount in cash, together with the required documents to the embassy by registered mail;
  2. you can contact us by e-mail for our banking information.

Questions?

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