New Zealand Embassy Madrid, Spain

Getting married in Spain

Making arrangements for a wedding in Spain, including obtaining the required documentation, can be a time consuming and costly process. We recommend that you commence planning early and allow plenty of time.

Generally a marriage solemnised in a non-polygamous country in accordance with the laws of that country will be deemed valid in New Zealand.

The documents required for marriage in Spain may be different from one part of the country to another. It is your responsibility to find out what is required from the church or civil registry (Registro Civil) where the wedding will take place.

  • Usually the documents must be authenticated with the Apostille seal (Apostilla de la Haya) and translated.
  • Most Spanish authorities require that documents have a date of issue no greater than three months.
  • Usually, once you have submitted documents to the authorities, they will not be returned to you.

We recommend that you ask that documents be translated by the Translation Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington. Go to the "Services" section. In Spain, we recommend that you use a Sworn Translator (traductor jurado).

The Embassy can translate original New Zealand documents such as Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage, or Birth Certificates, once they have been authenticated. A fee will be charged.

To marry in Spain, a New Zealand citizen will probably be asked to provide the following documents:

Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

This certificate is issued by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office of the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs once they have checked that you are not recorded on the New Zealand marriage register as being married. It is the equivalent of the Spanish "Certificado de Solteria".

If you are legally divorced, and your divorce has been registered in New Zealand, you may still obtain this certificate although you may also have to present a copy of your divorce decree (authenticated and translated).

Under New Zealand law, 14 days must elapse from the date your application is received until a certificate can be issued. You should allow one month, which includes post or courier delivery time. Ask for this certificate to be authenticated and translated in New Zealand.

You can check on how to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage and download a form from the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages office website.

Request for Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage BDM189 form

  • Fee: To contact the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office for information on fees, click here.

Certificado de Solteria

If you are required to present this certificate, you should first obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (authenticated) and then contact the embassy.

  • Fee: Euros 50.00 payable to the New Zealand Embassy, Madrid

New Zealand Birth Certificate

The Spanish authorities usually require an original (authenticated) copy of your birth certificate, translated into Spanish. You can check on how to obtain a copy of your birth certificate and download a form from the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages office website.

Request for Birth Certificate BDM93 form

If you were born in another country and your birth has not been registered in New Zealand, then you should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of that country to find out how to obtain a copy of your birth certificate and have it authenticated and translated.

  • Fee: To contact the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office for information on fees, click here.

Consular Record Certificate

This certificate can be issued by the embassy once you have recorded your details with us. You can do this on line from this web site. The Spanish authorities may ask for the certificate to contain information such as date of recording with the embassy, current and past addresses.

  • Fee: Euros 50.00 payable to the New Zealand Embassy, Madrid

Certificate on the Publication of "Edicts"

The Spanish authorities may request a certificate stating whether, under New Zealand law, an "edict" must be published when marrying in a civil registry in Spain. Please contact the embassy for a certificate in Spanish, confirming that this is not required by New Zealand law.

  • Fee: Euros 50.00 payable to the New Zealand Embassy, Madrid

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2014-15

United Nations Handbook
2014-15

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealand General Election 2014

The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014. Read more

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

New Zealand is a candidate for election to the UNSC for the two-year term 2015-16. Read more

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.