The Notice of Intention to Marry – Registering Marriage in Amsterdam

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The notice of intention to marry must be given at least 14 days before the marriage or wedding ceremony at the municipality (stadsdeel kantoor) in which you or your partner is registered.

When giving notice, you can indicate on which date and in which municipality you wish to marry or enter into a registered partnership. Your marriage should be officiated within 12 months of filing the notice otherwise the notice is rendered invalid.

Required documents for both partners include:

  • A full birth certificate
  • Proof of identity
  • Document of authorisation from a legal guardian (if under 18)
  • Extract from the municipality registry (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP) declaring marital status and nationality
  • A marriage certificate in the case of a previous marriage with divorce decree in the case of a previous divorce or death certificate in the case of being widowed
  • Foreign nationals complete a Form M46 (issued by Immigratie en Natutalisatiedienst IND), available from the Town Hall
  • Foreign nationals may also need to present a certificate of no impediment to marriage or certificate of civil status proving they are not married elsewhere. This is available from their ConsulateNote: A certificate of no impediment to marriage is issued after a notice of marriage has been displayed at the Consulate General for 21 days, and if no objection has been made about the proposed marriage. It is issued in Dutch.

Completed witness forms for the two to four witnesses (they must be 18 or older) should be presented at this time.

Note: There may be a requirement that foreign documents (birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates) be legalised with an Apostile. This can be done by the relevant Consular office.

If the couple both live abroad and wish to marry in the Netherlands they must give notice of their intention to marry at the City of The Hague Registrar’s Office

Gemeente Den Haag
Address: Dienst Burgerzaken, Postbus 12620, 2500 DL Den Haag
Tel: 070 353 2810
For detailed information: Click here

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