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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 Oudewater: Registering a civil partnership

If you want to get married in Oudewater or enter into a registered civil partnership, you can book a ceremony online. You need DigiD for this. You will then receive a link from us with which you can register the intended civil partnership.

-You and your partner are 18 years or older.
-You and your partner are not blood relatives.
-You are both not married or registered civil partner

-A copy of proof of identity for yourself and your partner.
-A copy of your witnesses' ID.
-A confirmation of the reservation of the wedding venue.

Do you not yet have a copy of your witnesses' proof of identity?
In that case, you only indicate how many of your own witnesses you are bringing. You can email the copy(s) to up to 1 month before your planned date.

Arrange your venue.
You can reserve 1 of the venues in Oudewater for your desired date. Or arrange your own location. Please note: discuss your own location with the municipality in advance. Call 14-0348 or send an e-mail to

Choose your witnesses.
2 to 4 witnesses (aged 18 or older) must be present at the ceremony. You can bring your own witnesses. Or hire 1 or 2 witnesses from the municipality.

Choose your official
You can have your ceremony performed by an official from the municipality of Oudewater or by your own official. Please note: discuss your own official with the municipality in advance. Call 14-0348 or send an e-mail to

Determine your last name.
You and your partner can use each other's surname. You can choose from: only your last name, only the last name of your partner or both last names. You arrange this yourself at the municipality where you are registered.

Book your ceremony.
You book your ceremony via the 'Online boeken' button. The municipality will contact you if more information is needed.

Please check the Oudewater website for an overview of current costs

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Oudewater

Visiting address

Waardsedijk 219

3421NE Oudewater

Opening hours
13:00 - 16:30
17:30 - 19:30
Last updated on 21 September 2022