Certificate of legal capacity to marry in Thailand

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in Thailand? If you have never lived in the Netherlands, the Netherlands embassy in Bangkok 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.

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Application procedure certificate of legal capacity to marry

If Dutch nationals want to get married in Thailand they need 2 certificates:

  1. A wittness and income form, te be applied for at the Netherlands embassy.
  2. A certifcate of legal capacity to marry, to be applied for at the Netherlands embassy.

Documents to be submitted for a certificate of legal capacity to marry:

  • An international extract from the municipality in the Netherlands stating marital status (not older than 1 year). An international extract contains all your personal data such as name, home address, marital status.
  • A witness and income form on which you state two Dutch (not Thai!) witnesses. This is a requirement of the Thai government. These persons do not need to be present at the wedding. Your signature will be legalised on the witness and income form.
  • Your own written statement in which you indicate that you were not married in the period after departure from the Netherlands.
  • A completed application form legal capacity to marry.

After applying for the certificate of legal capacity to marry and the witness and income form, you must have both documents translated into Thai and legalised by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Thai municipality where you want to get married may require a certified copy of your passport. Check this beforehand.

Required documents from your non-Dutch partner:

  • A copy of a divorce certificate if he or she was previously married.
  • An single statement of your prospective partner translated into English and legalised by Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Make an appointment via the online appointment system. Your non-Dutch partner does not have to come to the appointment.

When you apply for a consular certificate in the morning, you can collect it the same day between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. or have it sent to your home address. In the latter case, you must provide a sufficiently stamped envelope with your name and address in capital letters.

You can find the local rates in the overview of consular fees.

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