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.

What documents do I need to bring with me?

To apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, you must provide 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 should my (non-Dutch) partner bring?

When you apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry, your non-Dutch partner must bring 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.