Dutch citizens that wish to get married abroad will find that authorities of foreign countries request them to submit a Dutch Declaration of No Impediment (Certificate of No Impediment). This vital document serves as a way of proving that there is no obstruction in allowing you to get married and also verifies that there are no objections against your proposed marriage.
Do you need to apply for a Dutch Declaration of No Impediment?
Individuals that are Dutch citizens and wish to get married abroad need to inform the Department of Public Service or Stadskantoor office so that they can apply for and obtain their certificates.
Dutch nationals that live abroad and wish to get married outside of the Netherlands might not be able to get in touch with their local Stadskantoor (Registry Office) in which case they will have to work through their nearest Dutch Embassy. Although this is an option, working through an embassy can be timely and costly, but here at Evergration, we specialize in helping our clients obtain their certificates in the shortest time possible.
What are the conditions for applying for a Declaration of No Impediment?
Before you can obtain a Certificate of No Impediment, you will need to comply with the following conditions:
- You or your partner has Dutch nationality
- A declaration from the Dutch municipality where you last lived before you moved abroad if you are no longer living in the Netherlands
- Permission from your parents, and in some cases from the government (Minister of Justice), if you are a minor
- 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 apostilled
What happens after I obtain my Certificate of No Impediment?
As soon as your Dutch Declaration of No Impediment has been issued, it should be presented to the government body in the foreign country that initially requested it.
You might also be required to submit other documents in addition to your Declaration of No Impediment such as certified copies of your birth certificate and decree of divorce if you were married before. It remains your personal responsibility to find out which documents you require in order to get married abroad. We always propose that our get their documents apostilled well in advance before travelling abroad as this might take a while.
How we can help
Evergration’s legalisation services will help ensure that your important documents are issued on time when you need them most. With our in-depth knowledge of all the steps required to obtain vital documents like the Declaration of No Impediment, we take the stress out of your hands so that you can plan the wedding of your dreams without having to worry about legal documents. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our range of services and pricing options!