Legal requirements & documents to get married in Slovenia

Here's a detailed writeup of all legal requirements & documents that you need if you want to get married in Slovenia.

What are the legal requirements to get married in Slovenia?

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To get married in Slovenia, firstly both parties need to be 18 years old and should not be related by blood, marriage or adoption. Two witnesses are required during the ceremony and they must present their passports to the registry office one day before the ceremony. Only civil marriage ceremonies are considered to be valid, but you may also have a church wedding ceremony. Same-sex marriage is also recognised.

Required documents for a civil wedding in Slovenia

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To get married in Slovenia, marriage applicants must submit the following document to the Administrative Unit:

  • Proof of citizenship (valid passports or IDs)
  • Birth Register Extract (an international form of birth certificates or authenticated copies)
  • Authenticated single status certificates
  • No Impediment to Marriage Certificate (a certificate from your home country’s authorities stating that there are no impediments for the marriage to take place in Slovenia. This is issued upon request by your Embassy.)

Foreign public documents can be used in Slovenia, if they are first certified in the country of origin and then in the Republic of Slovenia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at diplomatic or consular representation. The certification of these documents is not needed under the following conditions:

  • among the signatory states of the Hague Convention on the abolition of the need for legalisation of foreign public documents, the certification with the "APOSTILLE" seal is sufficient;
  • among the states that have concluded bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of documents without certification, for the extracts from the registers, which were issued on the basis of the Vienna and Paris Convention.

Documents written in a foreign language must be translated into Slovene by a sworn court interpreter and the wedding ceremony itself likewise has to be interpreted.

Two witnesses have to present their personal details (name, surname, date of birth and address).

Additional documents that may be required

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  • Decree Absolute (proof that you are no longer married)
  • Death Certificates (if your former spouse is deceased)    
  • Deed Poll (if either of the future spouses changed their names or surname)

Original documents with apostils have to be sent by registered post to a specified address eight weeks before the confirmed wedding date at the latest.

We can help you obtain certified translations of your documents by a Slovenian court translator.

If immigration documents are required, e.g. Entry Visa to Slovenia, that is the responsibility of the wedding couple and their guests.

Documents needed for a church wedding are usually provided by your catholic priest from your parish. You can get married in a Catholic church even if you are Evangelic or Orthodox.

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