Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Hungary
Allow at least 14-60 days from arrival in Hungary to wedding date (30 day stay required unless waived for a 14 day stay to process request and possible 42 day stay and posted wedding banns for UK citizens unless taken care of previously in UK and time to acquire certified and translated documents in Hungary). 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 Hungarian. Contact for an authorized translator. All documents must be certified with and apostille stamp. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.
- Certified copy of birth certificates, showing parent’s full names
- Valid Passports
- Verification of single status (obtained from your embassy in Hungary or registrar Office in home country)
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (obtained from your Embassy in Hungary OR the Hungarian Embassy in your resident country prior to leaving for your trip)
UK citizens-obtain from a local registry office or parish church in UK or allow 42 days for residing and posting your CNI in Hungary
American citizens-contact the ACS.
- Divorce decree and corresponding marriage certificate to previous spouse, if applicable
- Death certificates and corresponding marriage certificate to 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:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Hungary are civil. The ceremony is preformed in Hungarian. If either party does not speak Hungarian, an interpreter should be hired. Traditional, religious, non-denominational or secular ceremonies are not legally recognized, but can accompany 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 underage. 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.
Please note that either party, the bride-to-be or groom-to-be, must plan to stay in the city or town where you plan to marry for 30 days prior to your planned wedding date. It is possible to have this waiting period waived, by proving Hungarian authorities with a written explanation. Allow 10-14 days to process this request.
Bring all documents to the Registrar’s Office where you plan to marry.
*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 Hungary” in the subject line.
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