Marriage in Estonia
Documentary Requirements For American Citizens Marrying in Estonia
(This information obtained from Estonian authorities, is provided as basic guidance only to American citizens. For further information regarding the application of Estonian national or local laws, please contact the relevant Estonian authority.)
- U.S. Passport
- Marriage Affidavit (a statement by an American citizen saying that he/she is legally free to marry, issued at the American Embassy Consular Section, fee $50).
- Original Birth Certificate with Apostille. Please visit our page on how to obtain an apostille in the U.S. for use in Estonia.
- If the American citizen has been married before he/she must obtain an Apostille on their Divorce Decree from the Secretary of the State from which the Decree was issued. It must then be translated into Estonian, utilizing a certified translation.The American citizen must then make a written request to Tallinn City Court asking the Estonian Government to acknowledge the Divorce Decree. The letter should be typed rather than hand written. The process may take up to 2-3 months if not the expedited procedure is requested. There is no fee for having the Divorce Decree acknowledged. The U.S. Embassy does not issue apostilles. Please read the U.S. Department of State's explanation of apostilles.
Applications for marriage can be obtained at the Vital Statistics Office, (in Estonian - Perekonnaseisuamet). Address is Pärnu maantee 67, phone: 645-7483 and 645-7480). It is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 8:15am-5:00pm, Monday 8:15am- 6:00pm and Friday 8:15am-1:00pm. The filled out applications should be submitted to the same address. There is fee for filing this application.
The waiting period after you have submitted the application is one month. The fee for the ceremony starts at 20 Euros and up, depending on the day the ceremony will be performed and the music (live or recording).