Marriages in Russia must be registered with the local civil registry office, ZAGS (Zapis Aktov Grazhdanskogo Sostoyaniya). Before starting the marriage registration procedures, foreign and local citizens are advised to check with the registry office what documents are required. Marriage registration in Russia does not take very long, the period ranging between 32 and 60 days until the marriage certificate is issued, but an additional month may be added prior to the marriage registration until all the documents are ready for submission.
The documents required for marriage registration in Russia:
The documents must be supplied in original or notarized copies only. All foreign documents must be translated and certified. It is important to know that the certificate of no impediment has a 90-days validity period.
Before filing the documents, one or both future spouses are recommended to go to ZAGS and ask for relevant information about the required documents and the bank account number where the marriage registration fee must be deposited. Once the documents are ready and the registration fee paid, the file will be submitted with the local civil registry office.
Once the documents are verified, the spouses will receive an application form that must be filled in and signed by both spouses. The following step will be booking a wedding day. According to the Russian civil laws, the wedding will take place anytime between the 32 and 60 days, but in emergency cases the date could be shortened.
Once the marriage is registered, the spouses will receive a wedding certificate. The marriage certificate must bear an apostil from the Central ZAGS Archive in order to have international recognition.
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