The act of civil marriage in Cyprus is regulated by the Marriage Law L. 104 (I) 2003. Persons wishing to enter into a civil marriage, based on the provisions of the Marriage Law 104 (I) of 2003, appear (in person) before the Wedding Officer of the Municipality, to carry out the defined procedures that are necessary before the act of the civil marriage.
- As a first step, the interested persons complete, sign and submit to the Marriage Officer a joint application called “Marriage Notice”, which expresses their desire to marry and which contains their personal details. Interested persons must hold legal identification documents (such as an identity card or passport and birth certificate) and be legally present in Cyprus.
- The interested persons must also present an official certificate or attestation proving that they are not married and that they are eligible to marry. This certificate must be issued by an Official Authority of the country of origin of each person and be a recent one (not more than six months old since the date of issue). Cypriot citizens can apply for the issuance of such a certificate by the Marriage Registrar at the Ministry of Interior. If the Marriage Officer has any doubts about the accuracy or authenticity of the certificate / attestation he can deny the marriage act. In case that the interested persons are unable to present such a certificate (such as British citizens and political refugees), the Marriage Officer may ask them to make an affidavit at the Registrar of the District Court that they are unmarried and eligible to get married or to apply to the Marriage Registrar, at the Ministry of Interior, for the issuance of such a certificate. Divorced persons must present the “divorce certificate” of their dissolved / previous marriage. It must be noted that the ”divorce certificate” must be final / absolute. That is, the decision of the relevant Court to be final (no appeal has been filed against the decision that dissolved the marriage or if an appeal has been filed, a final decision has been issued by the Court of Appeal). Interested persons who are widowed must present the “death certificate” of their ex-spouse. In the above cases, the persons may be summoned to make an affidavit that they have not remarried after the date of the dissolution of their marriage or after the death of their ex-spouse. Foreigners who are in Cyprus for a period of more than six months, are required to provide a certificate from the Marriage Registrar that they have not been married during their stay in Cyprus.
- Furthermore, the interested persons must provide the Marriage Officer with an ”official confirmation” that they are not aware of the existence of any hindrance or legal impediment for their marriage and that any necessary consent required for the marriage has been secured, or that no such consent is required.
- When the above procedures are completed and if the conditions, set by the Law for the act of the civil marriage are met, the Marriage Officer determines the date of the civil marriage (taking into account the preferences of the interested persons) which should not be earlier than fifteen (15) days or more than three (3) months, from the date of submission / service of the “marriage notice”. The nominated dues for this case are €128.15.
- In urgent cases and since the interested persons express such a preference, the Marriage Officer if he deems that appropriate he may set a date for the marriage act earlier than the time lapse of fifteen (15) days subject to the payment of the increased fee. In this case the civil marriage can be carried out between two (2) to four (4) days. The procedures referred to in the above paragraphs apply for the urgent cases as well. The set fees for the urgent cases are €281.92.
Persons under 18 years of age
If one or both of the interested persons wishing to have a civil marriage have not reached the age of eighteen, they may marry if they have reached the age of sixteen, with the written consent of the persons who have their parental responsibility and there are serious reasons to do so.
Αδίκημα οι ψευδείς δηλώσεις
Any person who intentionally makes a false declaration in any testimonial, certificate or other document required by law, commits an offense punishable by imprisonment or a heavy fine or both.
The civil marriage can be performed by the Marriage Officer in his Office or can be “solemnised” by a “Registered Religious Officer” in his church. This case concerns interested persons who are not members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus or of the other Doctrines/Churches of the Religious Groups recognized by the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus (Maronites, Armenians and Latins). In this case the same procedure must be followed (referred to in paragraph 2) before the Marriage Officer of the Municipality of the choice of the persons concerned, but the solemnisation of the civil marriage (or religious ceremony) according to their religion or doctrine will be performed in church. All necessary arrangements with the Registered Religious Officer and his / her church must be made by the interested persons. It must be noted that the names of the authorised priests/officials must be entered/registered in a special register kept by the Minister of Interior and is published every year (in January) in the Official Newspaper of the Republic of Cyprus (Gazette).
The Marriage Officer issues, immediately after the act of the civil marriage, a “marriage certificate” in three copies signed by him, by the persons whose marriage he performed and by two witnesses. One copy is given to the persons who performed the civil marriage. If these persons wish to obtain one or more certified copies of the marriage certificate, they can contact the Marriage Officer, of the Municipality where they performed their civil marriage or the Marriage Registrar, at the Ministry of Interior. The set fees are €13.67 for each certified copy.
Copy forwarded to the Embassy or the Consulate
In cases where one or both persons who performed the civil marriage are citizens of a foreign country that has an Embassy or a Consulate in Cyprus, the Marriage Officer will send (according to the provisions of the Law) a copy of the marriage certificate certified by himself/herself to the Embassy or to the Consulate of this country.
The interested persons can contact the Municipality at the telephone number 22462233, for further information or clarifications.
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