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Registering a civil partnership in the Netherlands

Do you want to form a civil partnership? If so, you must first notify the municipality. You must do this at least 2 weeks and a maximum of 1 year before you want to form the civil partnership.

The registration of a civil partnership is subject to a number of conditions (in Dutch), such as: 

  • you must be at least 18 years of age; 
  • you cannot enter into a civil partnership with someone who is already married or in a civil partnership
  • you cannot be related to one other, e.g. grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or sibling. 

Do you want to enter a civil partnership in the Netherlands with a foreign citizen? There are other conditions that must be met.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Registering a civil partnership in the Netherlands

While plannen and signing up for a civil partnership you will make a number of choice. These choice will at least include the ceremony and location. The costd of this depends on your wishes and what is possible in the municipality of Doetinchem.


The ceremony is the official part of your civil partnership. You can choose between the following options:

  • no ceremony (free);
  • a simple ceremony;
  • an elaborate ceremony.

If you choose for an elaborate ceremony, you can decide who will lead the ceremony. You can choose between:

  • wedding officiant from the municipality; 
  • a family member or acquaintance.

If you choose for an officiant from the municipality, they will contact you a number of weeks before the ceremony's planned date to get to know you and your partner.

In case you want a family member or acquaintance to become a temporary wedding officiant you will have to contact the municipality yourself. Phone number: 0031 314 377 377. 

Ceremony location

You can choose for several locations for your ceremony within the municipality of Doetinchem. You can decide between:

  • a location of the municipality;
  • your own location.

If you want to use your own location, you will have to contact the municipality.

Phone number:  0031 314 377 377

If you are from outside the Netherlands, the municipality will need additional information. Contact the municipality to provide that information.

Phone number: (0314) 377 377

Gemeente Doetinchem
Postbus 9020
7000 HA Doetinchem

Registering an intended civil partnership

You will have to register your intended civil partnership with the municipality in which you wish to enter the partnership. Provide the details of yourself, your partner and your witnesses. This can be done up to 2 weeks before the ceremony date. You can do it online ( or at the town hall: Raadhuisstraat 2, 7001 EW Doetinchem.

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality Contact en openingstijden | Gemeente Doetinchem.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Doetinchem

Last updated on 21 September 2022