Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Monaco
Allow at least 40 days from arrival in Monaco to wedding date (30 day stay and preceding this stay, a 10 day marriage announcement). 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 French. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Monaco 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 for verification as well as the translated version.
- Certified copy of birth certificates, issued within the past 3 months
- Valid Passports
- Photocopies of 2 witness’ passport detail pages
- Proof of domicile (i.e. utility bill)
- Certificate of publication of wedding banns
- Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (sworn in your resident country, contact your Embassy)
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor), if applicable
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable
- Certified copy of either party’s children born out of wedlock, applicable only to those born 3 months prior to the planned wedding date.
- Military servicemen and women need documented permission from their Commander, 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 Monaco are civil. The ceremony is preformed in French, Monégasque, English or Italian. If either party does not speak any of these languages, 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. Notarized 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.
Preceding the ceremony, the announcement of the nuptials will be posted at the Town Hall for 10 days.
*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 Monaco” in the subject line.