Registration of mariage and registration same-sex partnership concluded abroad


Both prodecures

  • take place in the personal presence of both parties,
  • take place after having applied priorly for an appointment  'Registration (Marriage)' in our Booking System ,
  • are free of charge.


1.) Registration of marriage


Hungarian citizens should register their marriages concluded abroad.

The application may be lodged at the Consular Service of the Embassy of Hungary in The Hague.

In the personal presence of both parties, by booking a 'Birth Registration (Marriage/Birth)' appointment, the procedure is free of charge.

Documents required:

  • Original international (Dutch, English, German, French) marriage certificate ('internationele uittreksel uit het huwelijksregister') The certificate can be obtained from the municipality (gemeente);
  • Identity documents (passport, identity card);
  • Application form for the registration of a marriage or registered partnership contracted abroad, completed but not signed;
  • When registering the marriage, the Hungarian party may choose a name for the marriage from the options provided by Hungarian law;
  • Documents certifying the marital status of the divorced or widowed spouse prior to the marriage or registered partnership (marriage certificate with the entry of the divorce, Hungarian decree of divorce, Hungarian marital status certificate, or death certificate of the deceased spouse). These documents must be submitted for the Hungarian spouse;
  • The civil registry office may also ask for proof of the pre-marital status of a foreign spouse of non-EU nationality. In order to avoid abuses - the authority will ask for a "certificate of celibacy" when registering a domestic partnership if the husband is a national of a state where polygamy is allowed.

 Download application form for registration of marriage


2.) Registration of 'registered partnership' concluded abroad

What is the difference between marriage and registered partnership?

The rules for registered partnerships are basically the same as for marriage. The main differences are: a minor cannot enter into a registered partnership, registered partners cannot use each other's names, cannot adopt jointly, cannot participate in artificial insemination, the mother's registered partner does not automatically become the parent of the unborn child, and if the parties have agreed on everything, the registered partnership can be dissolved by a notary.

Who can enter into a registered partnership?

A registered partnership can be entered into by two adults (over 18) of the same sex.

What is the difference between a civil partnership and a registered partnership?

The main difference is that a registered partnership is formed by a declaration of will before a registrar and lasts until the death of one of the partners or the dissolution of the registered partnership. A civil partnership, on the other hand, is based on a factual situation, i.e. it is automatically created when two people living together in an emotional and economic community live together and automatically terminated if, for example, they separate. A civil partnership is created by a declaration made before a notary. The most important substantive difference is that registered partnerships create a community of property. In the case of civil partners, they are entitled to property in proportion to their contribution. Registered partners are entitled to maintenance on termination of the relationship, are heirs intestate in the absence of a will and are also entitled to a share in the estate in the event of a will. Life partners, on the other hand, can only inherit by will.


Download appication form for registration of same-sex partnership