Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Slovenia
Allow at least 0-21 days from arrival in Slovenia to wedding date (21 day requirement to post a Notice to Marry for some countries, obtained in resident country or Slovenia). 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 Slovene and issued within the past 3 months. Contact The Association of Scientific and Technical Translators of Slovenia for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with an Apostille. 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 6 months with an Apostille
- Valid Passports and photocopies
- Verification of single status (can be obtained from your Embassy in Slovenia)
- Certificate of No Impediment*/Affidavit declaring that each party is free to marry (obtained/sworn in your resident country by the Slovenian Embassy or your Embassy in Slovenia)
- Divorce decree or death certificate, 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 Slovenia are civil. The ceremony is preformed in Slovene. If either party does not speak Slovene, 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. 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 to the registry office the day prior to the ceremony.
Note that a Certificate of No Impediment* can be obtained from your Embassy in your Resident Country or Slovenia. You may need to post Notice to Marry in your resident country or Slovenia (i.e. UK citizens are required to post notice for 21 days in the UK or Slovenia).
Bring all documents, in person, to the local Marriage Registry Office of the Administrative Unit (Upravna enota, Oddelek za upravne notranje zadeve, Matični urad), in the area you plan to marry. You will need to register anytime between 6 months and 2 weeks prior to the planned wedding date. Once the documents have been accepted, the couple will schedule a wedding date to be performed at the Administrative Unit.
- The Administrative Unit will issue a Marriage Certificate preceding the ceremony.
- An Apostille can be affixed to the Marriage Certificate at the local District Court (Okrožno sodišče). Your country of residence will likely need to see an Apostille on the Marriage Certificate in order for your marriage to be legally recognized in your home country.
*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.
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