Legal Requirements for Getting Married in the Czech Republic
Allow at least 14-30 days from arrival in Czech Republic to wedding date to process paperwork (14 days are required from the time the application is filed at the District Office in Prague 1-requirements may differ for other offices-additional time should be allotted for translating and certifying 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 Czech. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Czech Republic for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports or Affidavit (obtained in your home country by a Notary Public or your Embassy in the Czech Republic)
- Certificate of No Impediment*
- Affidavit stating your residency in your home country (obtained in your home country by a Notary Public or your Embassy in the Czech Republic or by the police department in the Czech Republic), valid for 7 working days
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor)
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in the Czech Republic are civil. The ceremony is preformed in Czech. If either party does not speak Czech, 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. If they are underage, parental consent is necessary.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.
For citizens of the UK, note that giving Notice of Marriage at the local Register Office in the UK, is the first step. This notice will be posted for 21 days. Pending objections, the couple will receive their signed Affidavit. The Certificate of No Impediment* will be issued in Prague in both English and Czech. It is valid for 6 months and needs no further legalization or certification.
For citizens of the United States, the Certificate of No Impediment or Single Status Affidavit, can be arranged by the Department of Health in the couple’s resident state.
You can take all paperwork to an authorized translator in the Czech Republic. The Court and all Notary Public’s have a list of authorized translators.
Take all paperwork to the . Here, the couple will fill out an application form, schedule a wedding date and pay the wedding ceremony fee. The requirements for each Matrika may differ. We recommend contacting them prior to leaving for your trip. For example, the Matrika for Prague 1 requires that you apply at least 14 days in advance of your planned wedding date. The couple should then arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the time of the scheduled wedding ceremony. The ceremony is preformed in Czech. If either party does not speak Czech, an interpreter should be hired.
*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 Czech Republic” in the subject line.
- Matrika for Prague 1, Vodickova 18, Prague 1, Czech Republic
- Tel: +420 221 097 469 and +420 221 097 296