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 Government Requirements & Procedures

for

Dutch Civil Marriage License  

A. Requirements for Marrying Couple


  1. Age: Persons wishing to be married must be 18 years or older
  2. The couple must provide their long version or unabridged Birth Certificates, which always have the names of your parents listed on it, including; their date and place of birth and mother’s maiden name. If not, it is not valid for the marriage application!
  3. Apostille Stamps are obtained from one’s birthplace secretary of state office. If you are uncertain about the location of these offices, please let us know and we shall forward the relevant address to you. See Section D below for more information about the Apostille Stamp.
  4. Unmarried persons must present a declaration of marital status (unmarried certificate) not older than 3 months. This can be obtained from your local civil registry or vital statistics office as well from a notary public . It is a sworn letter which states that you or your spouse has never been married. This letter is stamped and signed by the providing office and the applying couple. ALL legal documents MUST bear an  Apostille stamp to prove authenticity.  
  5. A clear passport copy of marrying couple (Bride and Groom)


B. Requirements for Witnesses

  1. Six (6) witnesses if marriage is performed outside the civil hall. 
  2. Witnesses must be 18 years and older, present their full names, date and place of birth along with profession.
  3. A clear passport copy for each witness is required at time of requesting marriage.


C. Other Requirements

  1. If the bride or groom is widowed, a death certificate with Apostille stamp is required.
  2. If divorced, an original divorce certificate or a final judgment decree with an Apostille Stamp is required.
  3. Persons of foreign nationality require a valid passport.
  4. No residency period is required. Your local wedding planner stands on your behalf when submitting the legal documentation.


D. Validation of Documents


Note: Please see REQUIRED information below for civil marriages.


Background

"Apostille" authenticates the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.


For ALL of documentation mentioned about, you MUST provide the appropriate stamps as follows:


American Couples

“The Apostille Stamp” (as it is called in the United States of America and most countries) in most cases is a document affixed to your original legal document. Examples of government documentations that require the stamp include: Birth certificates, Divorce Certificates and Un-Married certificates. An Apostille stamp/document is obtained from your Secretary of State Office. The Apostille Stamp has the heading *APOSTILLE* followed by (Convention de La Haye du 5 Octobre 1961). The stamp proves the authenticity of the “legal” documents that is being provided to the wedding planner. It is a requirement for all foreign documents.


Canadian Couples

Canadian couples need to obtain two types of authentication stamps for each wedding document: “The Legalization Stamp” and “The Authentication Stamp”.


  1. The couple first gets the Legalization Stamp from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  2. The couple then acquires the “The Authentication Stamp” from the Dutch Consulate Office in Canada. Both stamps are required for all Canadian wedding documents.


E. Important Lead-times

  1. All documents MUST be originals and not older than three (3) months within obtaining and submitting them to the Island government office.
  2. To make sure we meet the documentation processing deadline, ALL documents should be in the possession of the local wedding planner, no later than eight (8) weeks prior to the actual wedding date for civil marriages and two (2) weeks for religious/symbolic marriages or renewal of vows.
  3. Only original birth certificates will be returned to the couple upon completion of the local license processing. This may take up to four (4) weeks. 

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Government Requirements & Procedures

for

French Civil Marriage License 

A. Application File


The Application File must include:


  1. A letter signed and dated by the marrying couple, addressed to the President of the Territorial Council requesting permission to be married on the specific date noted on the letter. 
  2. The “long version” or “unabridged” birth certificate not older than six (6) months. The “long version” or “unabridged” Birth Certificate always has the names of your parents listed on it, including; their date and place of birth and mother’s maiden name. If not, it is not valid for the marriage application!
  3. A clear passport copy of the marrying couple (Bride and Groom).
  4. A clear passport copy of witnesses is required at time of requesting marriage.
  5. Unmarried persons must present a declaration of marital status (unmarried certificate) not older than 3 months. This can be obtained from your local civil registry or vital statistics office as well from a public notary office and is a sworn letter which states that you or your spouse has never been married.


B. The Bans (Proclamation)

  1. An application file MUST be submitted to the President of the Territorial Council one (1) month before the publication of the bans (Proclamation).
  2. The Bans (Proclamation) must be published in paper form at the Hotel de la Collectivite’ of Saint Martin, over a ten (10) day period, preceding the day of the marriage ceremony.
  3. The Marriage will be performed by the officer of the Civil Registry, after the ten (10) day waiting period as passed. 


C. Requirements for Witnesses

  1. Witnesses must be 18 years and older, present their full names and date and place of birth, along with profession. 
  2. A minimum of two (2) witnesses are required.
  3. A clear passport copy of witnesses is required at time of requesting marriage.


C. Other Requirements

  1. All documents MUST be originals and MUST be translated into French or English, if in any other language.
  2. The marriage ceremony will be performed in French. 
  3. A Certified translator/interpreter MUST be present for foreign marriages.
  4. When entering via the Grand Case Airport Esperance SFG, a French Visa is required for certain individuals.


D. Important Lead-times


  1. All documents MUST be NOT older than six (6) months within obtaining and submitting them to the Island government office.
  2. To make sure we meet the documentation processing deadline, ALL documents should be in the possession of the local wedding planner, no later than eight (8) weeks prior to the actual wedding date for civil marriages and two (2) weeks for religious/symbolic marriages or renewal of vows.
  3. Only original birth certificates will be returned to the couple upon completion of the local license processing. This may take up to four (4) weeks.

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Requirements & Procedures

for

Religious or Symbolic Marriage & Renewal of Vows

The following documents must be clearly legible copies of:


  1. Bride Passport 
  2. Original Marriage License ( completed from residing hometown civil office)
  3. Groom Passport
  4. Witnesses Passport (A minimum of two (2) witnesses are required). 


Note: Required documents should be in the possession of the local wedding planner, two (2) weeks prior to the actual wedding date for renewal of vows/symbolic marriages. 

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