IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THE LEGAL

PAPERWORK FOR YOUR WEDDING 

If your reading this page it must mean that we're getting closer to your wedding and it's time to start thinking about your legal documents. 
LEGALITIES Explained.
 
In order to advise my clients so they are fully briefed on all their required legal paperwork ready for their wedding here in Cyprus,  I've decided to put together this little FAQ list to help you get to grips with what you need to do, when and how. 

Question: Do I need a Wedding Licence? 

Answer: Yes everyone getting married in Cyprus is require to have a wedding licence

 

Question: When do I need to apply for this licence?

Answer:  This is done at the town hall when you arrive in resort. 

 

Question: When do we go to the town hall? 

Answer: Normally we will visit the town hall within the first two working days of you arriving in resort. I will advise you of the details when I send you your welcome meeting details. 

 

Question: When we go to the town hall, do we need to take our witnesses with us? 

Answer: No just photo copies of their passports.

 

Question: Witnesses, how many do I need? 

Answer: you'll need two, for all your questions about witnesses please CLICK HERE check out a post on my blog 

 

Question: Do I need to give notice of my intent to marry at the local registry office in the UK? 

Answer: No not if you live in England or Wales, however if you live in Scotland, you will be applying to the registry office for your M10. 

 

Question: Do we need to do anything when we get home to register our marriage in the UK? 

Answer: No currently this is done for you via the British Embassy here in Cyprus, so there is no need to do anything when you get back to the UK.  

 

Question: I hold a British passport and I live in the UK so what documents do I need to bring with me? 

Answer: 

EVERYONE:

  • Full Birth certificates 

  • A Valid British passport

  • Single Statutory Declaration (if you live in the UK or Wales) or a Certificate of No Impediment (If you live in Scotland) 

  • Photocopies of your Witnesses Passports. 

IF EITHER PARTY IS DIVORCED:

  • Your original Decree Absolute or a certified copy 

IF EITHER PARTY IS WIDOWED:

  • Your original marriage certificate

  • Death certificates of the deceased spouse.

IF EITHER PARTY HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME: 

  • Please let me know the reason and I will advise on the required documents. 


Question: I've lost my original birth certificate will the town hall accept a copy? 

Answer: Yes they will accept an official copy these can be obtained here 

https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate  however they will not accept a photo copy of your original. 

 

Question: I don't have my full birth Cert will the town hall accept a short form one? 

Answer: some town halls are happy to accept a short form birth certificate and some don't ask for them at all, although officially you should have it should they request to see it so if you only have a short one please check with me so I can advise you. 

https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate 

Question: My fathers name is not listed on my birth certificate does this matter? 

Answer: No it's fine if you know their name then this can be added to the town hall form details however if you don't know them then you can leave this blank. 

Question: I hold a British passport but I don't live in the UK, so what documents do I need? 

Answer: This depends on where you currently live and for how long you lived there, I'd be happy to advise you more if you wish to contact me. 

Question: I've changed my name since my birth certificate was issued what do I need to do?

Answer: Normally people change their names via deed pole and you'll be issued a stamped certificate, this will need to be supplied as your legal proof of change of name. When you create your stat dec you will need to cover the change of name in this document if you CLICK HERE you will find a sample stat dec for those that have changed their name.  

Question: What if I don't have the deed poll document? 

Answer: If you don't have your original deed poll document it's not easy to get a replacement copy and you may find it easier and cheaper just to do a new one.  CLICK HERE on how to officially change your name via deed poll. 

Question: What if my name was changed by some other method or my parents just changed it when I was a child? 

Answer: If you used some other method for officially changing your name then please send me details and I can advise you further on what you may or may not need to do.  Please send me copies of any name change documents and I will get them checked with your town hall. 

Question: I don't hold a British passport I'm another nationality, so what documents do I need? 

Answer: This depends on your nationality, where you currently live and for how long you lived there, please contact me direct with full details and I will advise you individually. 

CIVIL CEREMONIES - FOR THOSE LIVING IN ENGLAND OR WALES

EVERYONE:

  • Full Birth certificates 

  • A Valid British passport

  • Single Statutory Declaration

  • Photocopies of your Witnesses Passports. 


IF EITHER PARTY IS DIVORCED:

  • Decree Absolute 


IF EITHER PARTY IS WIDOWED:

  • Your original marriage certicicate

  • Death certificates of the deceased spouse.


IF EITHER PARTY HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME: 

  • Please let me know the reason and I will advise on the required documents. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE THE “SINGLE STATUTORY DECLARATION”

  1. You will need to each get a “Single Statutory Declaration” which must be signed by a UK Solicitor or Notary Public, if either of you have had a change of name since your birth certificate was issued you will need to include this change of name within that Declaration. 

  2. The “Single Statutory Declaration” is only valid for 3 months so it must be signed and dated within 3 months of the date you land in Cyprus. 

  3. In my experience the cost of this can vary from £5 to £35 so I suggest shopping around your local solicitors to get a prices.  

  4. You can both use the same solicitor but you will both require your own “Single Statutory Declaration”. 

  5. One thing to note is that it’s very important that when they stamp the “Single Statutory Declaration” that the stamp clearly says “solicitors” or "Notary Public"

  6. The solicitor or Notary Public must also attach his/hers business card to the Declaration and this card must clearly say "Notary Public" or  “Solicitor” rather than partner or the usual legal letters that declare their legal qualifications, only in the past these get lost in translation at the town hall but they all clearly understand the word “solicitor”.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A TEMPLATE THAT YOU CAN USE, JUST FILL IN THE BLANKS AND TAKE TO YOUR SOLICITOR. 

IF YOU HAVE LEGALLY CHANGED YOUR NAME SINCE YOU WE'RE BORN (NOT DUE TO MARRIAGE) THEN YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A TEMPLATE YOU CAN USE. 

NOTE: PLEASE USE THE SAMPLE STATUTORY DECLARATION ABOVE ITS’ EASY TO DOWNLOAD AND FILL IN YOUR DETAILS. THE TOWN HALLS WILL ONLY ACCEPT A TYPED COPY SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TYPE INTO THE DOCUMENTS SAVE IT THEN PRINT IT FOR YOU TO SIGN AND FOR YOUR SOLICITOR TO WITNESS AND STAMP. 

TOWN HALL FORM

  1. If you've not already completed your town hall information sheet which is attached to your client page, please downloads this, complete the details and email it back to me, this needs to be done at least 15 days before you are due to arrive here in resort. 

NOTES:  

THE TOWN HALLS WILL ONLY ACCEPT A TYPED COPY SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TYPE INTO THE DOCUMENTS SAVE IT THEN SEND IT TO ME.

WHERE IS SAYS "CURRENT ADDRESS" ON THE FORMS THIS WILL BE YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN CYPRUS SO YOUR HOTEL OR VILLA   

WHERE YOU HAVE TO PUT IN NAMES PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PUT IN FULL NAMES THAT'S INCLUDING ANY MIDDLE NAMES YOU, YOUR PARENTS AND YOUR WITNESSES MAY HAVE.  

IF YOU ARE AN ELOPE COUPLE JUST THE TWO OF YOU THEN PLEASE LEAVE THE WITNESS NAMES BLANK AND I WILL COMPLETE THESE FOR YOU. 

CIVIL CEREMONIES - FOR THOSE LIVING IN SCOTLAND

EVERYONE:

  • Full Birth certificates 

  • A Valid British passport

  • A Certificate of No Impediment if you are resident in Scotland.

  • Photocopies of your Witnesses Passports. 

 

IF EITHER PARTY IS DIVORCED:

  • Decree Absolute 

 

IF EITHER PARTY IS WIDOWED:

  • Your original marriage certicicate

  • Death certificates of the deceased spouse.

 

IF EITHER PARTY HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME: 

  • Please let me know the reason and I will advise on the required documents. 

CLICK HERE for details on how to apply for your Certificate of No Impediment if you live in Scotland. 

The “CONI” is only valid for 3 months so it must be signed and dated within 3 months of the date you land in Cyprus. 

ANGLICAN CEREMONIES

The Anglian Church requires all the documents required for a Civil Ceremony mentioned below 

​EVERYONE:

  • Full Birth certificates 

  • A Valid British passport

  • A Certificate of No Impediment if you are resident in Scotland.

  • Photocopies of your Witnesses Passports. 

 

IF EITHER PARTY IS DIVORCED:

  • Decree Absolute 

 

IF EITHER PARTY IS WIDOWED:

  • Your original marriage certicicate

  • Death certificates of the deceased spouse.

 

IF EITHER PARTY HAS CHANGED THEIR NAME: 

  • Please let me know the reason and I will advise on the required documents. 

 

​In addition: 

  • You will also be required to fill in a Wedding Application Form, which will be sent to you electronically once you have booked your wedding. 

  • You will be required to attend a meeting with the church on your arrival in Cyprus. 

CATHOLIC CEREMONIES

The Catholic Church requires all the documents required for a Civil Ceremony mentioned to the left along with the below additional documents: 

 

  • See your home Parish Priest at least 6 months prior to any wedding to get his agreement to a wedding abroad.

  • Conract the Catholic Paphos Parish us to pencil in a proposed date for wedding. 

  • Complete all paper work and pre marriage course

  • Your home Parish Priest to send papers to home Diocesan Chancellor

  • Diocese to send to our Vicar General at least 3 months before wedding

  • Our Vicar General gives us permission to do wedding.

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