Declaration of no impediment

Would you like to get married in another country? Then you will sometimes need a declaration of no impediment. This document states that you are not currently married and that you and your partner are permitted to get married under Dutch law.

Conditions

  • You or your partner has Dutch nationality.
  • You are your partner is registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the Municipality of The Hague.
  • Do you no longer live in the Netherlands? Then request a statement from the Dutch municipality where you last lived before you moved abroad.
  • Have you never been registered in the Netherlands? Then request a statement at the Netherlands embassy or consulate in the country where you wish to get married.
  • Minors need permission from their parents (or legal guardians) and in some cases also from the government (Minister of Justice). For more information, consult website of the dienst Justis, part of the Ministry of Security and Justice.
  • Have you been placed under guardianship? Then you will first need permission from the curator.
  • Foreign documents which are not in Dutch, French, German or English have to be translated into Dutch by a sworn translator in the Netherlands.
  • Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille.

Needed for the application

For the application you will need a valid form of identification for you and your partner. In addition, the municipality can sometimes ask you to submit other documents:

Document When is it needed? Explanation
A recent copy of your birth certificate as well as the birth certificate for your partner
Declaration of place of residence/nationality/marital status If you or your partner lives abroad You request the declaration in your current place of residence
A divorce certificate or certificate of termination of unmarried partnership or a death certificate If you were previously married/in an unmarried partnership and the certificate is not yet registered in the BRP You request the declaration in the municipality where you got married/entered into an unmarried partnership. You can request the death certificate in the municipality where your partner died

Except for the valid forms of identification, you need to send in the original version of all the documents.

Apply

You can apply for the declaration of no impediment in different ways:

  • In person: make an appointment at the Centrum or Escamp city office. 

Make an appointment

  • In writing: send a signed letter to the Department of Public Service. State in this letter that you would like a declaration of no impediment.

Fees

€ 23.60 excluding postage (rate for 2019).

How long does it take?

  • For a request in writing you will be notified within approximately 3 working days if the documents you sent are in order. If your application is complete, you will receive the declaration together with your original documents by registered mail after approximately 3 days.
  • At the municipal counter: You will get the declaration immediately if you have all of the original required documents with you.