Requirements for Marriage in the Czech Republic
Here you can find the information in case you would like to get married in the Czech Republic.
The application for a marriage licence, as well as specific details about the procedure may be obtained from the respective City Hall of the District Council (Mestsky urad, Obvodni urad, Obecni urad) or the local church. The application is then to be submitted to this City Hall which is authorized to keep vital statistics records, or to a local church, some time before the planned marriage (approximately 14 days before).
The applicant is required to present the following documents to the local Czech local authorities:
- Birth Certificate identifying the applicant's birth date and place of birth, their name and surname, as well as documentation concerning their parents (e.g. an abstract of the register of births).
- A document (e.g. passport) certifying the citizenship of the applicant.
- If widowed, the Death Certificate of the spouse.
- If divorced, the Decree Absolute granted by the court.
- Legal document certifying the applicant's capacity to marry and certifying that no legal impediment exists, (i.e. that s/he is free to marry.) These documents are required in order to guarantee that the marriage entered into in the Czech Republic will also be recognized by law in the applicant's native country.
In Australia this document is called "No Impediment to Marriage Certificate" and is issued by appropriate Department of Foreign Affairs or "Single Status Certificate" which is issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
In New Zealand the document is "Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage" that is issued by "Births, Deaths and Marriages". It is also very helpful to obtain from the same office a "Certificate of Search" that confirms the martial status (single, divorced, widowed).
- Document certifing that the applicant stays legaly in the territory of the Czech Republic. This document is issued by appropriate immigration authorities (Cizinecka policie).
All the documents must be certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs (Australia) or the Department of Internal Affairs (New Zealand) with the Apostille and translated into the Czech language. The translation can be prepared by an offical interpreter (list may found at www.kstcr.cz). The Consulate in Sydney does not provide translations but can verify these. Translation can be also prepared by translaslators in Australia and New Zealand and verified by Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney.
Each of the City Halls in the Czech Republic may have specific requirements for foreign citizens wishing to enter into marriage in the Czech Republic. The Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney therefore strongly recommends that the couple contact the local City Hall to ascertain if anything else is required.