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Getting married or entering into a registered partnership in South Korea

If you are a Dutch national and you are planning to get married or enter into a registered partnership in South Korea, check the additional requirements you must meet and the documents you will need. If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with your municipality, so that the details can be entered in the Personal Records Database (BRP).

Dutch requirements for marrying or entering into a registered partnership

If you are a Dutch national and you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership you will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older. If you are under 18 and you marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, your marriage or registered partnership will not be recognised in the Netherlands until you are both 18 years old.
  • You and your partner must not already be married to or have a registered partnership with someone else.
  • If you are under guardianship you will need the permission of your guardian or of the limited jurisdiction judge ('kantonrechter').
  • The following family members are forbidden to marry each other or enter into a registered partnership with each other: parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters.

Obtaining permission from the country in which you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership

If you are planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad, check whether this is permitted under the law of the country in question. To find out, you should consult the foreign authority responsible for conducting marriages and registering partnerships. You cannot marry or enter into a registered partnership at a Dutch embassy or consulate abroad.

Documents required for marriage or registered partnership outside the Netherlands

You will require documents in order to marry or enter into a registered partnership abroad. The foreign authority that conducts your marriage or registers your partnership can tell you which documents you require. These may include an official copy of your birth certificate and a declaration of marital status

Registering a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership

If you live in the Netherlands, you must register your foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership with the municipality where you live. Do this as soon as possible once you return to the Netherlands. The personal data held on you in the Personal Records Database (BRP) will be updated.

Attention: Sometimes you may need to have a foreign official document legalised first. Legalisation is usually done in the country where the document originates. Find out whether you need to have your document legalised and, if so, how.

Converting a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership into a Dutch one

If you wish, you can have a foreign marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership converted into a Dutch one by the Foreign Documents Department of the municipality of The Hague.

This is not mandatory but it will make things easier in the future if you ever need an official copy of the certificate. An official copy of a marriage certificate or certificate of registered partnership bears a stamp and the signature of a Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Registered Partnerships. This will save you having to request one from abroad. Instead, you can request an official copy online from the municipality of The Hague.

Find out how you can have foreign official documents converted into Dutch ones.

Marrying or entering into a registered partnership in this country or region

Marriage between a Dutch and a Korean citizen

When a Dutch citizen wishes to marry a Korean citizen in Korea, then the marriage should be arranged with the local authorities (Gu-office). You will have to check with the local Gu office which documents are required to get married.

Most Gu-offices will request at least the following documents:

From the Dutch national:

  1. Birth certificate*, issued by the  municipality of birth in the Netherlands
  2. Certificate of legal capacity to marry (affidavit of eligibility for marriage), issued by the municipality of last residence in the Netherlands. Only if you have never lived in the Netherlands the Dutch embassy in Seoul can draw up this certificate for you. Please visit the page Certificate of legal capacity to marry in South Korea for more information about the required documents and the application procedure.
  3. Copy of a valid Dutch passport

From the Korean national:

  1. Copy of a valid Korean passport
  2. Certificate of being unmarried (혼인관계증명서)
  3. Official document stating your place of birth and your current address

* Birth certificate for a Korean adoptee: adoptees from Korea do not have a birth certificate issued by their municipal authorities in  the Netherlands. They should submit their Korean birth-register. To obtain a Korean birth-register, please contact the Korea Social Service (Address : 533-3 Ssangmoon-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul / webpage : www.kssinc.org / email : kssinc@kssinc.org ). Upon providing them with the exact Korean name and date of birth, they will arrange a legalised English translation of a family census register.

Contact information

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Consular Service Division, Korean RE Insurance Bldg. #405, 80 Susong-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul (Tel.: 2100-7500 / www.0404.go.kr).
  • Korea Social Service (KSS): Adoption Agency, 533-3 Ssangmoon-dong, Dobong-gu, Seoul (Tel. : 908-9191 / e-mail : kssinc@kssinc.org).