Declaration of marital status in the United Arab Emirates

Do you need a certificate of marital status in the United Arab Emirates? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Dutch consulate-general can do it instead.

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

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.