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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 Smallingerland: Registering a civil partnership

Notification of marriage/registered partnership

It is important to notify us of your intended marriage or registered partnership at least two weeks and at most one year before the wedding date. Are you not getting married within a year? Then you must report again. You can contact us to make an appointment. 

Wedding Venues

You can choose from three fixed wedding locations: 

Choose a wedding location yourself

You can also choose a different wedding location. There are additional costs involved. These costs differ per wedding location. Please contact the wedding location where you want to get married. 

Our wedding officiants

Our marriage officials are happy to introduce themselves to you! You can also have your marriage or registered partnership solemnized by a marriage official from another municipality or by a family member or friend. This is subject to a number of conditions and costs. These costs are stated in the rates.

On working days until 5 p.m. € 238.00 
On working days between 5 pm and 10 pm € 383.00 
On working days after 10 p.m. € 483.00 
On Saturday € 383.00 
On Sundays and public holidays € 483.00 
Get married for free for residents of Smallingerland on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 09:00. 

Extra cost

Marriage booklet standard € 24.00 
Conversion of partnership into marriage (without ceremony) free of charge 
Conversion of partnership into marriage (with ceremony) € 238.00 
Official witness € 24.00 
Wedding official from another municipality € 153.00 
Wedding official for 1 day (appointment family/friend) € 320.00

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Smallingerland

Visiting address

Gauke Boelensstraat 2

9203RM Drachten

Opening hours
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Last updated on 21 September 2022