If you are planning a wedding, congratulations! Many U.S. citizens opt to get married in Slovenia - for some it is because they are marrying a Slovene national while for others, it is because of the beauty of this country.
Does getting married in Slovenia affect my U.S. citizenship?
No. If you marry a Slovene citizen, you do not automatically acquire Slovene citizenship, nor does your spouse automatically acquire U.S. citizenship. If you and your spouse are planning to move back to the States and you wish for your spouse to become a permanent resident in the U.S., you will need to file a petition for an immigrant visa. Similarly, if you wish to become a Slovene permanent resident or apply for Slovene citizenship, you will need to apply at your local Administrative Unit (Upravna enota.) Please see our page on residence permits.
What do I need so I can get married in Slovenia?
Only civil marriages are valid under Slovene law, although many folks choose to have a religious ceremony later on. Alas, U.S. Embassy consular officers cannot perform marriages.
You must register the forthcoming marriage with the Marriage Registry Office of the Administrative Unit (somewhat like a County Clerk's Office in the United States, and known in Slovene as the “Upravna enota, Oddelek za upravne notranje zadeve, Matični urad”) in the location where you wish to get married. You can register a marriage anywhere from two weeks to six months before the date of the wedding.
You will be required to submit the following documents to the Administrative Unit:
- Both spouses' original birth certificates or certified copies, affixed with an apostille.
- Both spouses' passports.
- A “Free to Marry” certificate for each spouse, also known as the Certificate of No Legal Impediments. Since no equivalent document is available from the United States, American citizens may come to the Embassy and swear out an affidavit stating that they are currently single and free to marry. This is a routine notarial service and costs $50. All you need to do is make an appointment on our online calendar to appear in-person at the Embassy. Please remember to bring your passport.
- If either party has previously been married, then you must provide the original death certificate of the former spouse or the original final divorce decree, in order to prove the termination of the previous marriage(s).
- All documents not in Slovene must be accompanied by a translation performed by a certified translator.
- Both marriage partners should appear in-person at the Administrative Unit. If this is not possible, then the absent fiancé(e) must submit a notarized Power of Attorney, which also must be translated into Slovene, authorizing a third person to sign the Administrative Unit document regarding his/her intent to marry.
Once you submit these documents, then you can sign up for any available marriage date at the Administrative Unit. After the marriage has been performed, the Administrative Unit will issue a marriage certificate. You may then want to take that document to the local District Court (Okrožno sodišče) to have an apostille affixed to it, if you plan to use the document in the United States.