Registration of foreign documents

Life events that took place abroad, for example birth, marriage, death, divorce, recognition of a child, adoption or change of surname must be recorded in the registration database (BRP) of your municipality. When you return to the Netherlands you must present the original documents at the municipality where you live.

Dutch law requires (article 2.9 paragraph 1 of the Dutch BRP Act) that you fill in an additional statement if you wish to register your marriage abroad and one of the following situations apply to you:

  • you or your partner does not have the Dutch nationality
  • you or your partner does not have a permanent residence permit
  • you or your partner are not EU citizens

The additional statement (article 2.9 paragraph 1 of the Dutch BRP Act) is not required if the wedding date is more than 10 years ago or your marriage has now ended.

pdf Declaration article 2.9 paragraph 1 of the Dutch BRP Act (PDF, 501.85 KB)

What you need to know

An original document is:

  • the original foreign document
  • drawn up in the country where the life event took place
  • drawn up by a competent authority

If the original document is not in Dutch, English, French or German, it must be translated by a sworn translator in the Netherlands.

Depending on the country where the document originates, it must meet legalization requirements. On the website of the Dutch government (Dutch) you can find the applicable requirements per country.

Registration usually takes 4 weeks. It takes longer if further investigation is required.

You will need the following

  • your valid ID card or passport
  • a copy of a valid identity card from your partner
  • the original foreign document including the legalization stamps if necessary
  • If applicable, the Statement pursuant to article 2.9 paragraph 1 of the Dutch BRP Act
  • If applicable, the certified translation of the original document in Dutch, English, French or German

Costs

Registration of your life event into the registration database (BRP) of your municipality is free of charge. Only if additional research or additional documents are required, you might be charged. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.

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