Certificate of legal capacity to marry in the United Arab Emirates

Are you a Dutch national planning to marry in the United Arab Emirates? If you have never lived in the Netherlands, the consulate-general in Dubai can draw up a certificate of legal capacity to marry for you.

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.

How much do you need to pay?

A consular certificate costs €30 per certificate. Please transfer the total amount in euros (EUR) payable to:

Bank details
Bank name ING Bank N.V.
Adress bank Financial Plaza, Bijlmerdreef 109
Postal code bank 1102 BW
Bank location Amsterdam
Account holder Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Address Rijnstraat 8
Postal code 2515 XP
Location Den Haag (The Hague)
IBAN NL57 INGB 0705 0010 08
BIC INGBNL2A

Important! When making the transfer please state the following: VOH - <initials and last name> - <country/city where you apply for the certificate>.

For example: VOH - PJ Janssen - US, Washington

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.

How do you apply for a certificate?

Scan the required documents and send them by email to the consulate-general in Dubai. Please don’t forget to mention in your email for which purpose you need the certificate and whether the declaration needs to be issued in Dutch or English.

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.

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