Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Croatia
Allow at least 30-45 days from arrival in Croatia to wedding date to process paperwork (30 days are required from the time of submitting all paperwork at the Registry Office. If you need to translate documents, you will need days or possibly weeks to fulfill. UK citizens may need additional time for completing all required documents). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in Croatian. Contact the Croatian Embassy in your resident country or your Embassy in Croatia for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates (translated version with Apostille– issued within 3 months of the wedding date or submission of marriage license application)
- Valid Passports and photocopies of photo pages
- Photocopies of passport photo page for each witness including their names, addresses and occupations
- Sworn and authenticated Affidavit that each party is single and free to marry (obtained at your Embassy in Croatia)
- British citizens only: Certificate of No Impediment with Apostille (issued within 3 months of the wedding date or submission of marriage license application. Note that this can be obtained in the UK and Croatia. If applying in UK, you must have it translated when you arrive in Croatia. However, if applying in Croatia, a 21 day stay is required as well as giving Notice of Marriage.)
- Irish citizens only: Certificate de Coutume & MP2A form with Apostille (issued within 3 months of the wedding date or submission of marriage license application)
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor)
- Divorce decree and corresponding Marriage Certificate to previous spouse with Apostilles, if applicable.
- Death certificate with Apostille, if applicable.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil ceremonies preformed by a Maticar are the only legally recognized weddings preformed in Croatia. You would locate the closest Maticar in area you intend to marry. The ceremony is preformed in Croatian. If either party does not speak Croatian, an interpreter should be hired. Traditional, religious, non-denominational or secular ceremonies are not legally recognized, but can proceed a civil ceremony to fulfill the desires of the bride and groom-to-be.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. They cannot be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
Take all paperwork and photocopies to your Embassy in Croatia to have paperwork translated and certified with an Apostille. You will need to visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the Affidavit/Certificate of No Impediment/Certificate de Coutume* authenticated.
Register at the Town Hall. Note that this application must be submitted at least 30-45 days prior to the planned wedding ceremony. We recommend calling ahead to schedule an appointment.
The Maticar can perform the wedding ceremony at the Registrar’s Office or at the couple’s choice of venue.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Croatia” in the subject line.
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