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Municipality of Dordrecht: registering a civil partnership

You make a number of choices when planning and registering your intention to enter a civil partnership. These choices relate to the type of ceremony and the venue. The costs depend on your wishes and the possibilities in the municipality.


The ceremony is the official part of entering your civil partnership. You can choose from:

  • no ceremony (free of charge)
  • simple ceremony
  • elaborate ceremony

If you choose an elaborate ceremony, you can choose who leads the ceremony. You can choose from:

  • wedding registrar from the municipality
  • family member or acquaintance

If you choose a wedding registrar from the municipality, a registrar from the municipality will contact you a few weeks before the planned date to introduce themselves and find out more about you and your partner.

Do you want a family member or an someone you know to conduct the ceremony? If so, you must contact the municipality yourself.

Location of the ceremony

You can hold the ceremony to enter your civil partnership at various locations in the municipality. You can choose from:

  • a municipal building
  • a location of your own choice

If you want to hold the ceremony at a location of your choice, contact the municipality.

Additional terms:

  • you are 18 years or older
  • you were born in the Netherlands
  • you have been living in the Netherlands since the age of 18
  • you are a citizen of the European Union.
  • were you born abroad and/or were you married abroad? Then we need additional information from you. Please use the contact form to ask if we will call you.

You pay a fee for this service. For more information. For more information visit our website.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Dordrecht

Last updated on 30 November 2022