Certain acts at institutions abroad – including embassies – are not possible without the apostille of the marriage certificate. How does such apostille take place and what is needed for it?
Possibilities of using marriage certificate apostilization
The marriage certificate is one of the key documents required by various bodies, including authorities, embassies or ministries abroad, to deal with various life situations. Every married man and married woman has a marriage certificate and it is one of the documents for which an apostille is most often handled, so that some applications can subsequently be processed and processed within state institutions.
Apostille of a marriage certificate in the Czech Republic
Directly in the Czech Republic, apostilization of a marriage certificate is a relatively complicated process, for the successful completion of which an original marriage certificate under the age of three is required. Apostilization is not possible with any form of copy (including photocopy). If you need to issue a duplicate marriage certificate older than three years of age, you can request a duplicate. You can apostille it, but the issuance of this duplicate itself is not free of charge, and in addition, the relevant officials have a period of thirty days for it. The issue of a duplicate – in other words an official copy – must therefore be requested with sufficient time. If you do not know the advice or do not catch up, then we will handle a copy of the marriage certificate at the authorities quickly and without worries for you.
Apostille of a marriage certificate abroad
The whole process of apostilization a marriage certificate can also be done abroad. However, you need to be careful about how old the original of your marriage certificate is. In addition, apostille fees are charged at different rates.
How to make payments for an apostille marriage certificate
In the Czech Republic, you can pay for the apostille of a marriage certificate by card, bank transfer, cash, stamp, etc. In some countries, however, local institutions do not accept payment cards or bank transfer is not possible. For these cases, it is necessary to have cash ready in the appropriate currency, or to have a stamp or check of a given value available. For example, federal or state agencies often only accept stamps, cash, or checks, and be prepared for the fact that a check must often be linked to a local account in that currency, which must also have a sufficient balance.
Give yourself plenty of time to process your application
Some authorities and banks only require documents less than three months old. This is a technical complication, for example, when setting up a trade abroad, when a financial institution requires an apostilled extract from the Commercial Register not older than three months when opening a business account.
A comparable situation occurs when processing a temporary stay, for which you must have an apostille-certified extract from the criminal record, which again expires after a quarter. Especially when dealing with life situations at a distance, the processing of individual papers and documents can take a lot of time, and it often happens that you do not meet the given deadline.
When you need an apostille of a marriage certificate
Apostille of a marriage certificate is a legal step that you will normally use, for example, when requesting:
child allowances born abroad,
citizenship certificate when preparing for the wedding, if you were born abroad,
settlement of temporary stay abroad,
various acts related to foreign authorities.