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Dubrovnik Weddings – civil wedding paperwork requirements for Croatia

Croatian Authorities determine the paperwork procedure for your wedding abroad.

Always keep in mind that your embassy or local authorities can only act in an advisory capacity, the final decision regarding which paperwork will be approved for your wedding in Croatia lies with the Croatian authorities.




All the documents which must be submitted at the local registry in Croatia must be there the latest 30 days prior to the wedding. The originals must be submitted, a copy or a scan will not be sufficient. We advise you to start contacting your local authorities well before the 90-day period starts, because some offices might have a waiting time before they will issue you the document required.


The passports of the bride, groom and both their witnesses must be valid for one more year after the wedding date. Also check once more if your name on your passport is exactly the same as the name on your birth certificate. (You’d be surprised how often we find out this is not the case)

Only original documents

All documents have to be original documents, and be aware they will not be returned to you. All documents you will provide to the state of Croatia will remain there for their records for at least 10 years. After that time you can request to have them returned to you.

Be careful with middle names

Your full name on your birth certificate must be the same as the name on your passport and all other documents. If you have a middle name on the birth certificate this must also be on the passport, if for example this is not the case you will have to get a new passport prior to the wedding.

Stick to the 90 days rule

Even if you have an original birth certificate, it will not be accepted if it was issued more than 90 days prior to the wedding date.

This 90-days rule is valid for ALL documents you have to collect in order to be civilly married in Croatia.

Dubrovnik Wedding certificate

General Rule: you need 4 documents

  • Copies of your passports: For submission, only copies will do.
  • A long birth certificate: Original is required, validated by apostille stamp.
  • A certificate of no impediment: Original is required, validated by apostille stamp.
  • A proof of single status: Original is required, validated by apostille stamp.

Stamp Apostile

  • What is a stamp apostile?
  • Why do I need it?
  • Where do I get it?

Step by Step

1. Collect your documents on time
2. Have all the documents checked on accuracy in Croatia
3. Have all documents translated to Croatian
4. Submit all translated paperwork 30 days prior to the big day at the registry in Croatia
5. Meet the registrar prior to the wedding in person to go through the last bits and pieces
6. Get Married!

Your procedure might differ depending on your residence. Contact us for details.