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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • MARRIAGE ABROAD

  • 1. MARRIAGE IN FRONT OF THE POLISH CONSUL

     

    ATTENTION: Only Polish citizens have a right to get married by a Polish Consul. Both women and men have to possess valid Polish passports.

     

    1. Required Documents:
    • A valid photo ID (Polish ID, Polish passport);
    • An original of Polish birth certificate;
    • A proof of termination or cancellation of marriage, if a person intending to get married has been married before (these documents are mostly civil status certificates: spouse’s death certificate, marriage certificate updated to a divorced or cancelled status OR legally binding judicial ruling on spouse’s death, divorce, cancellation or invalidity of marriage);
    • A written declaration of lack of any circumstances, which prevent from entering a marriage signed by both parties;
    • Declaration of change of last names of spouses and their children;

    LAST NAME OF SPOUSES AND CHILDREN AFTER MARRIAGE

     

     

    After concluding marriage, a spouse can carry:

     

    • their current name (from before marriage);
    • spouse’s name;
    • a combination of their current and spousal name.

    In case the declaration of last name is missing, each spouse keeps his/her current name.

     

    A child can carry:  

     

    • the same name as one of the parent;
    • by combining mother’s and father’s last names.

    However:

     

    • If parents didn’t submit the appropriate last name declarations for their children, they will carry a last name consisting of their mother’s last name with father’s name attached.
    • Surnames cannot consist of more than two elements.
    • Moreover, the correct way to write combined last names is to put a hyphen in between the two elements (e.g. Smith-Jackson)

     

    2. CERTIFICATE PROVING FULL ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER MARRIAGE

     

    This certificate is issued for the purpose of entering marriage according to the Polish law. It can be obtained by any Polish citizen living abroad, who does not have permanent address in Poland or is unable to determine it, or a Polish citizen who lived abroad for at least 16 years.

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

     

    • Original of Polish birth certificate or a proof of divorce or cancellation of marriage, if a person intending to enter marriage has been married before;
    • A written declaration of lack of any circumstances, which prevent from entering  marriage;

    The certificate is valid for 3 months.

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