Certificate of legal capacity to marry in the United Arab Emirates

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in the United Arab Emirates? The consulate-general in Dubai can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry for you.

Due to the corona virus, you cannot apply for this certificate at most embassies or consulates-general until further notice. Please check the contact page of the embassy or consulate-general to see if and from when it is possible to apply. Don't see a start date on the contact page? Then it is not yet possible to apply.

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 addition to the documents mentioned above, you must also provide the following:

  • A photocopy of your current UAE residence visa and previous residence visas.
  • Proof that you deregistered from the last municipality you lived in in the Netherlands, stating your marital status at the time you deregistered. If you left the Netherlands before 1994, you can request proof of deregistration from the Central Population Registers Office of the municipality of The Hague (tel. +31 (0)70 353 3177/fax. +31 (0)70 353 2850).
  • If you lived in another country or countries after leaving the Netherlands but before arriving in the UAE, you must provide proof of your marital status for the period in which you lived in each country.
  • If you hold another nationality in addition to your Dutch nationality, you must provide a photocopy of your passport or identity card for the other nationality.

Procedure for requesting declarations

Scan the required documents and send them by email to the consulate-general in Dubai.

In your email, you should clearly state why you are requesting the declaration. We will ensure the declaration contains this information.

In addition, you must state whether the declaration needs to be issued in Dutch or English.

Your declaration will be drawn up as soon as all the required documents and information have been received. When your declaration is ready, you’ll receive a confirmation email informing you it can be collected.

On average it takes 5 working days to draw up a declaration.

Payment

Payment should be in cash or by bank card/credit card in Emirati dirhams (AED) and can be made at the desk when you collect your declaration.

You can find out how much you need to pay in the overview of consular fees.

Questions

If you have any questions, send us a message using the contact form.