Register of marriages
The bride and groom give notice of their intention to marry, in person, to the local registry office responsible for the location where the marriage is entered into.
The notice must be accompanied by:
- identity cards of the bride and groom presented for inspection,
- a copy of the identity cards of the witnesses,
- the final decision of the municipal court on permission to marry, if one or both of the spouses are minors.
The date of entering into a civil marriage may be set between 30 and 45 days after the date of giving notice of intention to enter into the marriage.
In order to enter into a religious marriage, the bride and groom must obtain a certificate from the registry office responsible for the location where they wish to marry. This certificate must state that the bride and groom meet the requirements to be able to marry. The certificate is valid for 3 months from the date of its issue.
The administrative fee for recording the intention to marry is HRK 70.00, while the administrative fee for the ceremony is HRK 140.00.
Adult Croatian citizens can give their notice of entering into a civil marriage in official premises electronically through the e-Prijava vjenčanja (e-Notice of Marriage) e-service in the e-Citizens system, without having to visit a registry office.
The bride and groom can set the date of entering into a marriage between 30 and 45 days after the date of giving notice of intention to marry.
Registration of the fact of entering into a marriage for Croatian citizens abroad
The fact of entering into a marriage abroad is registered at the applicant’s place of residence in Croatia, on the basis of an excerpt from the relevant public register of the foreign authority. If the applicant does not reside in Croatia, the fact of entering into a marriage is registered in the City of Zagreb.
The application for registering the fact of entering into a marriage abroad is submitted in person, by proxy, or through a Croatian diplomatic or consular representation in a foreign country.
The application must be accompanied by:
- an original excerpt from the register of marriages or an international excerpt from the register of marriages
- a copy of a valid identity card or passport for the bride and the groom.
Foreign public documents not issued using an international form must be translated by a court interpreter who is sworn in Croatia.
The procedure of registering the fact of entering into a marriage abroad is exempt from administrative fees.
Public Registers Act (Official Gazette No 96/93, 76/13 i 98/19)
Instructions for the Implementation of the Public Registers Act (Official Gazette No 117/21)
Family Act (Official Gazette No 103/15, 98/19 i 47/20)
Rules on the forms and procedures for issuing excerpts from public registers to be used abroad (Official Gazette No 48/94)