Marriages between U.S. and Moldovan Citizens
Moldovan documentary requirements for foreigners wishing to marry a Moldovan citizen in Moldova:
The Government of Moldova legally recognizes only civil marriage ceremonies that are performed at Registry Office or Village Council in the area where the Moldovan citizen resides. Many couples also choose to hold a religious ceremony after the completion of the civil ceremony. The following documents from the U.S. citizen are needed by the Registry Office to authorize marriage to a Moldovan citizen:
Documents required for marriage in Moldova of a US citizen:
- Certified copy of the birth certificate, authenticated with apostille, plus translation of the birth certificate obtained from a Moldovan Notary Public office.
- Affidavits (notarized statements) that the American citizen is free to marry, and that the American citizen has no outstanding arrest warrants. These are obtained from the US Embassy in Chisinau during regular business hours; to make an appointment please click here. The U.S. passport must be presented when signing the affidavit. The notarial fee is $50.
- Prenuptial Certificate (Health Certificate) obtained from a clinic in the Moldovan city/town where your marriage will take place.
- Proof of termination of any previous marriages, original or certified copy, with a translation in Romanian (i.e. Divorce/Annulment Decree, Death Certificate).
All public documents issued or obtained in the U.S. must be authenticated for use in Moldova with an apostille certificate. The apostille certificate must be affixed to the document by a competent U.S. authority. Each state has a competent authority (generally it is the office of the Secretary of State in the state where the document was issued). For additional information and a list of competent authorities, please visit this link.