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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.

Municipality of Etten-Leur: 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 of Etten-Leur.


The ceremony is the official part of your civil partnership. There are three possibilities for a ceremony:

  • consulting room (spreekkamer);
  • municipal location;
  • other location in Etten-Leur.

If you opt for a ceremony at a municipal location or an other location in Etten-Leur, you determine who leads the ceremony. You have the following choices:

  • wedding registrar from the municipality;
  • family member or acquaintance.

If you choose a wedding registrar from the municipality, a registrar from the municipality of Etten-Leur 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.


Registering an intended civil partnership

You register your intended civil partnership with the municipality in which you wish to enter the civil 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.

Direct online regelen:  Home - Trouwen In Etten-leur 

Maak een afspraak: +31765024000

  • consulting room: € 169,55
    on monday and thursday morning 09.00: free of charge 
  • municipal location: € 341,30 on weekdays, € 401,30 on saturday
  • other location in Etten-Leur: € 178,05
    if you choose your own marriage registar: €100,15

You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the municipality +31765024000.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Etten-Leur

Visiting address

Roosendaalseweg 4

4875AA Etten-Leur

Opening hours
09:00 - 20:00
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Last updated on 21 September 2022