Declaration of marital status in the United States

Do you need a certificate of marital status (sometimes called a declaration of unmarried status, negative statement or a no records found statement) in the United States? If the local authorities will not issue such a document, the Dutch embassy in Washington or the consulate-general in New York, Miami, Chicago and San Francisco 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.

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: VOB - <initials and last name> - <country/city where you apply for the declaration>.

For example: VOB - PJ Janssen - US, Washington

Declaration of marital status in this country or region

If your your non-Dutch partner was married before, he/she should also bring a copy of a divorce certificate along.

How do you apply?

Send a scan (in pdf format) of all the required documents to the Netherlands embassy or one of the Consulates General. Please attach a proof of payment (in pdf format), for example proof that the costs have been deducted from your bank account. Also don’t forget to mention in your email why you need the certificate.

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 form is not complete. Please note! This may result in a delay in processing your application.

You will receive the declaration via email.

Contact?

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