Kosovo - Apply to Get Married and Obtain Marriage Certificate

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Procedure[edit]

  • Inquire at the municipal registry, about the documents you needed to submit. Fill in and submit the application form along with all other required documents.
  • The spouses, their witnesses and the registrar, the one officiating the ceremony must all be present during the procedure.
  • If your marriage is registered in the registry, you may obtain a marriage certificate. You may obtain it from the municipal registry, where it is registered.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form.
  • For Foreign Nationals: Persons of foreign nationality must show a document issued by authorities in their home country stating that the foreign national is free to marry, and no existing legal impediment preventing the said individual from getting married. The said document/certificate becomes invalid if the marriage is not entered within six months after its issuance.

Inquire at the municipal registry about other documents you will need to submit before you can get married. Documents to be submitted varies in each case depending on the nationality of the applicant, or whether they have been married before.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Municipalities in Kosovo

Ministry of Internal Affairs
"Luan Haradinaj" p.n.
10000 Prishtin, Republika e Kosovs
Tel.: +381 (0)38 213 007
Centrex: 200 19 001
Fax: +381 (0)38 200 19 640
Public Communications Office Tel: + 381 (0) 38 200 19 545
Email: zip-mpb@rks-gov.net
Website



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Eligibility[edit]

  • Mutual desire of both partners to get married
  • Spouses must be aged 18 or over
  • Spouses must prove they have not been married before
  • Spouses must not be related by blood to each other


Note:

  • If there is a reasonable cause and upon the request of the applicant, the competent court may allow a minor older than sixteen years old to get married, if it finds that such person is physically and mentally matured to exercise his/her rights and to fulfill his/her marital obligations.
  • Before making a decision, the court shall seek the opinion of the Body Custodian, will hear the minor and the minor's guardian/parent's side respectively. The court will also hear the person with whom the minor is intended to be united by marriage, the opinion of the concerned health care facility. The court will also investigate other circumstamces necessary in coming up with a decision.



Fees[edit]

Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.



Validity[edit]

The marriage certificate is valid for an unlimited period, unless there are changes in the data.



Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Related Videos[edit]

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Instructions[edit]

To apply for a civil wedding, spouses need to submit their application to the municipal assembly where they are an ordinary resident.

The registrar, who is the one officiating the marriage ceremony has the right to refuse to conduct the said event if requirements are not met.

The following must be present during the marriage ceremony:

  • The parties to be united through marriage
  • Two witnesses
  • The registrar who will perform the ceremony

During the marriage procedure, a person has the right to change her surname by using her husband's surname as her new surname or add her husband's surname to her name. A person may also choose not to change her name at all.



Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.e.g.1. Date of Birth.2. City or County of Birth.



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Need for the Document[edit]

Marriage is a legal contract binding two people together, granting them rights and obligations. A Marriage Certificate is an official statement that two people are married.

A copy of the marriage certificate is often necessary when you apply for administrative procedures, such as obtaining a passport, or applying for a driver's license.

Following are procedures on how to apply to get married and to obtain a marriage certificate.



Information which might help[edit]

  • Kosovo's Family Law, Article 14, defines marriage as a legally registered union between two persons of different sexes, in which they freely choose to live together in order to create a family.
  • Citizens of Kosovo are free to marry whoever they like, regardless of their race, nationality, or religion. Equal rights and obligation will be granted to all those who would like to get married, to those who are married and those who would like to file for a divorce.
  • Foreign Nationals may get married in Kosovo, provided they meet the requirements stated in Kosovo's Family Law and has submitted all documents needed.
  • The marriage will not be valid if consent is achieved through coercion, threat or actual violence, or any other act that has forced an individual to enter into a marriage contract.

More informations about marriage, rights of spouses, separation of property, etc. can be read from part two of Kosovo's Family Law.



Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.



External Links[edit]

  • Government of Kosovo Web Portal:
https://www.rks-gov.net/sq-AL/Qytetaret/Familja/Pages/Martesa.aspx
https://www.rks-gov.net/sq-AL/Qytetaret/Shtetesia/Pages/Dokumentet.aspx#c6
  • Family Law of Kosovo:
http://assembly-kosova.org/common/docs/ligjet/2004_32_al.pdf



Others[edit]

More information which might help people.