Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Gibraltar
Allow at least 2 days from arrival in Gibraltar to wedding date (24 hours to apply for a marriage). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates
- Valid Passports
- Certificate of No Impediment* /Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry* (contact your Embassy, must be issued within 3-6 months)
- Divorce decree and corresponding marriage certificate to your previous spouse, if applicable
- Death certificates and corresponding marriage certificate to your deceased spouse, if applicable
- Some places of worship may require additional documentation. It is recommended to contact the officiant prior to leaving on your trip, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact your embassy for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language as well as the translated version.
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Gibraltar are civil. 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. Parental consent is necessary if either party is at least 16 years of age. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. 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.
The civil ceremony can take place within the Registrar’s Office, the , the , the and a handful of hotels; , , , . We recommend contacting the Registrar’s Office well in advance to secure your proposed wedding date.
*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 Gibraltar” in the subject line.
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