Here you go, straight from the Government of Iceland's mouth. Of course we can help decode this for you. but we wanted to share the 100% official skinny on getting legally married in Iceland. We can also help arrange a local non-denominational officiant. New Yorkers have the option of doing all your legal paperwork in NYC.
Getting Married in Iceland
Civil marriage in the district of Reykjavík is administered by:
Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík (The Reykjavik District Commissioner)
Tel.: 354 569 2480
Fax.: 354- 562 4870
Civil marriage ceremonies are performed at the office at Skógarhlíð 6, Reykjavík at 15:00 or 15:30. There is a fee of IKR 7.700,-.
Before civil marriage can take place, the partners must submit documentation to verify that there are no impediments to the marriage according to The Law in Respect of Marriage no. 93, April 14th,1993. Both parties must be 18 years of age and not already married.
Only original documents will be accepted. Documents in other languages than English and the Scandinavian languages have to be accompanied by a translation.
All documents should be delivered at the same time.
All documents must be received 2 weeks before the planned wedding date. If more convenient, copies can first be sent by fax or e-mail, and the originals handed in at a later date, no later than 5 days before the planned wedding date. If the documents are not received within this time frame, the planned marriage will be considered cancelled.
The required documents – two weeks before the planned wedding date:
This form is provided by Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavik. It can be sent to you by mail if required. The form has to be carefully filled in according to the instructions provided, signed by both parties, and signed by two trustworthy persons who, by signing the form, vouch for the fact that there are no legal impediments to the planned marriage.
2. Birth certificate
Both parties need to submit their birth certificates. The originals may be returned after the wedding ceremony if required.
3. Certificate of marital status *
Both parties need to submit a certificate of marital status issued by the relevant authority in their country, state or region. The certificate must be issued within 4 weeks prior to the wedding ceremony.
* Some countries do not issue a certificate of marital status. If that is the case in the country of either partner, a declaration of honour is required, issued by the bride/groom stating that she/he is not married, or that she/he is divorced/widowed, and has not remarried. It is preferred that the bride/groom make the declaration of honour before a Notary Public. If that is not possible, contact us.
If bride/groom is a foreign citizen or residing abroad, a certificate issued in their country, confirming that there are no impediments to the planned marriage, may be required.
4. If bride/groom is divorced
A divorce decree, a document to prove that previous marriage has ended with a divorce. It is also necessary to prove that the division of assets and liabilities between the former spouses has been finalized.
5. If bride/groom is a widow/widower
An official document showing that the estate (assets and liabilities) of the deceased spouse has been finalized/divided.
6. Legal stay in Iceland
It is required that both parties are staying legally in Iceland when the wedding takes place. Proof of that must be presented: Residence permit, visa or confirmation of arrival date (passport stamp or flight ticket).
Information in English regarding residence permits and visas can be found at the website of The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration: www.utl.is/english
Both parties must present valid passports.
If the partners are citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland or residing in these countries, partially different requirements appply
Citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland are required to present a certificate from their country, to confirm that there are no impediments to marriage. "Hjónavígsluskýrsla" (1.) and passports (7.) must be presented, but the documents mentioned under items 2., 3., 4., 5. and 6 are not required. A resident of Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland may in the same way submit such a certificate issued in their country of residence, confirming that there are no impediments to m,arriage.
In Sweden the required document is "Intyg hindersprövning" or "Marriage licence" issued by "Skatteverket".
In Denmark the required document is "Ægteskabsattest" or "Certificate of marital status" issued by "Kommunen".
In Norway the required document is "Prøvingsattest" or "Certificate of no impediment to marriage" issued by "Folkeregister"
In Finland the required document is "Intyget över prövning av hinder"/"Certificate of the examination of the impediments to marriage" issued by "maistraatti / magistraten"
When the ceremony has taken place, a marriage certificate, in English, can be obtained from "Þjóðskrá" The National Registry Office