Getting married in Lithuania
Individuals wishing to get married in Lithuania need to fill out the required forms and submit them along with their passport, birth certificate, and required documents (listed below) to the Civil Registry office (Marriage Palace). The application is submitted to that registry office where one of the future spouses or their parents has declared the place of residence.
The following documents are to be submitted:
- documents certifying the identity of the person;
- certificates of birth (in some cases not required, however, it is recommended to bring it);
- if a person who intends to contract marriage is a citizen of a foreign country, additionally a document issued by the competent authorities of his/her state certifying that there are no obstacles to his/her marriage (i.e., a certificate that a person had not contracted another, at the time still valid, marriage) must be submitted. If a citizen of a foreign state is divorced or a widower, a document issued by the competent authorities of his/her country certifying his/her divorce or the death of his ex-spouse.
Documents of a citizen of a foreign country (except for the passport) must be legalized or certified with an Apostille (except for the documents issued in Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine) and translated into the Lithuanian language. More information about legalization of documents
At least one of the individuals to be married must be either a Lithuanian citizen, a resident of Lithuania, or have Lithuanian ancestry. Two foreigners with no prior ties to Lithuania will likely not be able to meet the requirements to be married in Lithuania.
The minimum age to marry is 18.
To register marriage at the registry office a fee of 20 Euros is paid. In case you want your marriage to be registered in the place that you chose by yourselves, a fee of 60 Euros is taken.
Marriage is registered at least one month after the day of submitting an application.
When submitting an application, the presence of both persons is obligatory.
There is no bar to church weddings, but it is necessary to complete the civil procedure above to obtain the official marriage certificate. Church marriage with a foreigner is regulated by Church canons and should best be discussed with the Church of your choice.
Source: Civil Registry