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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 Stichtse Vecht: Registering a civil partnership

Civil partnership

  • 2 ways to formally arrange your relationship with partner: marriage or civil partnership
  • marriage and civil partnership are legally equivalent.

Converting civil partnership into marriage

  • possible in any municipality in the Netherlands.
  • make an appointment
  • bring valid identification
  • bring the certificate with you if the registered partnership took place in another municipality

How it works

The registrar draws up a deed of conversion. The conversion ends the civil partnership and the marriage begins. There is no ceremony involved.

Conversion with ceremony

The conversion can also take place with a ceremony at one of the municipality's wedding locations. There are costs associated with this. No witness is required, no marriage booklet is made up and you do not have to say yes. See more information at (in Dutch).

  • valid proof of identity of both parties
  • if the partnership was concluded in another municipality: copy of the deed

If you are from outside the Netherlands, the municipality will need additional information. See for more information.

Book your day by using the wedding calendar on (in Dutch).

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Stichtse Vecht

Visiting address

Endelhovenlaan 1

3601GR Maarssen

Opening hours
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Last updated on 21 September 2022