Do you have a foreign document, such as a birth certificate, a death certificate or divorce documents? If you are a citizen of the Netherlands or a refugee with a temporary asylum residence permit (statushouder) you must register it with the municipality where you live.
Most documents from the European Union (EU) are automatically valid in the Netherlands. You can register these documents with your municipality.
The municipality records these documents in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP). In other cases, you will first need to have your document translated and then legalised.
Is your document in English, French or German? Then you do not need to have your deed translated.
Is your document in another language? Then you need to have your document translated into Dutch before registering it. You must have your document translated by a sworn translator in the Netherlands. Was your document translated outside the Netherlands? Then you will need to have the translation of your document legalised.
Do you think you will need a copy of your document at a later date? Then you can choose to have your foreign document converted into an official Dutch document (akte) at the municipality of Den Haag (The Hague). This can make it easier for you if you need an official copy (afschrift) while resident in the Netherlands. Converting your foreign document to a Dutch document is not compulsory.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Registering a foreign marriage in the Netherlands
Are you married abroad? Register your marriage at the municipality where you are registered.
After getting married abroad, you must register your marriage in the Netherlands. Not every marriage is valid in the Netherlands. For example, both partners must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration.
The conditions for registering a foreign marriage in the Netherlands include:
- If the marriage was concluded in a country within the European Union:
- You have a marriage certificate and a multilingual model form.
- If the marriage was concluded in a country outside the European Union:
- The marriage certificate is in Dutch, English, German or French. Otherwise, you must have the document translated by a sworn translator in the Netherlands.
- The marriage certificate is legalized or has an apostille stamp.
- You are not getting married to help your partner or yourself get a residence permit. The municipality asks you to put this in a statement (Declaration of registration of marriage), if:
- you or your partner (or both) are not Dutch,
- you or your partner (or both) do not have the nationality of a country in the European Union,
- you or your partner (or both) do not have the nationality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland,
- you do not have a permanent residence permit.
This is how you register your foreign marriage in the Netherlands:
- You register your marriage with the municipality where you are registered.
- You need:
- the original marriage certificate with legalization or apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator, or
- the original marriage certificate and a multilingual model form
- your valid ID
- possibly your statement that you are not getting married in order to obtain a residence permit for you or your partner (Declaration of registration of marriage).
The registration of a foreign document is free of charge.
It takes a maximum of 4 months to have a foreign document converted into a Dutch document. Urgent requests are not possible.
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