A certificate of no impediment is an international document which declares that you are allowed to marry each other according to Dutch law. In order for us to be able to ascertain if there is no impediment for you to marry each other you need to provide us with the necessary information of both of you. Note: we cannot issue the certificate on both of you and not on one person.
The certificate costs 23.60 Euros. You only need this certificate if the foreign authority specifically requests it. You can only apply for the certificate in Eindhoven if you have Dutch nationality, and if Eindhoven was your last place of residence in the Netherlands.
In addition, you need to provide the following documents:
- Valid passports or European identity cards (or copies if applying by post) for you and your partner.
- A copy of proof of payment (bank statement).
How can I apply for a certificate of no impediment?
First ask the authority in the country where you want to marry or enter into a registered partnership whether you need a certificate of no impediment, since that is not required in all countries. If you do need the certificate, you can apply for it in one of two ways:
You can complete the declaration on the screen, print it and send it to us by post. When you complete the form online, you will be given a list of the documents you should send along with the declaration.
Send your application, together with the necessary documents, to Gemeente Eindhoven, sector Publiekszaken, afdeling Balie & Ontvangst, Postbus 90150, 5600 RB Eindhoven.
At the counter
You can also apply for the certificate at the appropriate counter at the Stadskantoor. You need to make an appointment first. You will receive the certificate there and then.
What should I do if this information does not appear in the Key Register of Persons?
If the necessary information does not appear in the Key Register of Persons (BRP), the following documents will also be required.
- A recent copy of your and your partner's birth certificates.
- Have you been married before? You will have to provide evidence that you are no longer married. For example, divorce decrees from all earlier marriages or a death certificate.
- Have you moved abroad, or does one of you live abroad? You will also need recently-issued certificates of residence, nationality and marital status. You can obtain more information about this from the authorities in your country of residence.
- Does one of you have a nationality other than Dutch? You will need a certificate from the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service). Important! This does not apply to:
- partners who have nationality of an EU country and are registered in the Key Register of Persons,
- partners who have a residence permit of unlimited validity,
- partners who do not live in the Netherlands.
Important! Documents drawn up abroad, in languages other than Dutch, French, German or English, must be translated into Dutch by a sworn translator.
Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille. You will find more information about this, go to netherlandsandyou.nl (Dutch government information).
Are you a minor, or have you been placed under guardianship? First ask your parents or guardian for their permission.
How do I register a foreign marriage/partnership with the municipality?
Register your foreign marriage/partnership with the municipality where you live, as soon as possible after your return to the Netherlands. We will then change your marital status in our records. This is necessary, even if your partner will not be living in the Netherlands now, or ever.
You register your foreign marriage/partnership in person, at the appropriate counter at Residents' Plaza (in the Stadskantoor). You can make an appointment online or by phone (14 040). Make sure you have the correct documents with you.
- A valid identity document (not a copy)
- The original marriage certificate: In many countries, the documents must be legalised. See the link below for more information about this. If the document is in a language other than Dutch, English, French or German, you will need a sworn translation of the document. For more information about legalising documents, see nederlandwereldwijd.nl.
If you married, or entered into a registered partnership, outside the Netherlands, and if at least one of you is not an EU national, and is without a permanent residence permit, you will both have to make a statement, declaring that the marriage/registered partnership was not entered into for the purpose of achieving resident status in the Netherlands. To do so, print and complete the form below. Bring it with you to the Residents' Plaza (Stadskantoor). Please note that we need an original signature. The signature should therefore be neither a copy nor a scan.
Can I have my foreign deeds converted to Dutch ones?
If you have Dutch nationality, and you have registered your marriage/partnership in the municipality in which you are resident, you can have your marriage/partnership registered at the Landelijke Taken department of The Hague Municipality. They will draw up a replacement Dutch marriage certificate for you, so you don’t have to go abroad for the original certificate. This means that in the future, you can apply to The Hague Municipality for an extract from the marriage register.
You’ll find more information about this at Landelijke Taken, gemeente Den Haag.
What should we do if one of us does not have a residence permit?
Do you have a non-European nationality, and no regular residence permit or asylum for an unlimited period? Complete and sign the declaration below and bring it with you. Does your partner have a non-European nationality, and no regular residence permit or asylum for an unlimited period? Have your partner complete and sign the declaration below and bring it with you, together with your partner's valid identity document.
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Important: If you are found to have deliberately given false information for entry in the Key Register of Persons (BRP), the Municipality of Eindhoven can issue you with an administrative fine of up to 325 Euros. This fine is intended to ensure that everyone registers on time, and with the correct information.