Submission of application for marriage
The place of contraction of marriage is not related to the residence of the prospective spouses. The application for marriage must be submitted at a vital statistics office, at a notary, or a minister of religion who has the right to contract marriage.
In order to contract marriage in the Tartu City Government, the prospective spouses must submit a joint written application for marriage in person at the Population Facts Department (Tiigi 12, Tartu). In order to submit an application for marriage, the presence of both prospective spouses is necessary. You must bring along identity documents.
Mon 9–12 and 14.00–17.30
Wed 9–12 and 13–16
Fri 9-12 and 13-16
To submit an application, please book an appointment in advance online or by calling 742-0856 and, if possible, please submit a pre-filled application for marriage when appearing in person.
Application for marriage form (to be completed electronically) (NB! Save the form to your device before filling it in)
Application for marriage form
The time for the contraction of marriage shall be agreed upon on the spot when submitting an application, it cannot be booked in advance before submitting the application. The contraction of marriage is possible one to six months after submitting the application for marriage.
The application for marriage can be changed or withdrawn until the contraction of the marriage. A written or digitally signed application must be submitted to amend or withdraw the application for marriage.
If the prospective spouses fail to appear on the determined date to contract marriage without giving a reason for the failure to appear, they shall be deemed not to have submitted an application for contraction of marriage.
Additional information: Lyudmila Maslenikova, phone 742-0856, e-mail: [email protected]
Documents to be submitted for contraction of marriage
NB! The Tartu City Government does not provide advice on documents by phone or e-mail. Advice is provided based on the submission of an application, which provides a basis for the processing of personal data.
- joint written application;
- identity documents;
- birth certificate in the event that the birth data of the prospective spouse is not available in the population register;
- in case of second or subsequent marriage, a document concerning the fact that the previous marriage has been terminated or annulled;
- a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage, if the residence of a prospective spouse is in a foreign country or if he/she has lived in Estonia for less than six months;
- a document certifying the legal basis for the stay in Estonia of an alien, if the alien is not a citizen of the European Union;
- a document proving the payment of the state fee;
- if necessary, a court ruling concerning the extension of the active legal capacity of a prospective spouse who is a minor;
- if necessary, a document certifying the elimination of other hindrance to the contraction of marriage.
Choosing a proprietary relationship
Upon the contraction of marriage, the prospective spouses must choose, when submitting the application, whether they wish their proprietary relationship to be subject to the jointness of property, the set-off of assets increment or separateness of property regulation. If the prospective spouses do not express their choice, they are deemed to have chosen the jointness of property regulation. Detailed information about the property rights of spouses is available here.
If the prospective spouses have chosen the set-off of assets increment or separateness of property, the proprietary relationship of the spouses shall be entered in the marital property register. If there is no information about the spouses in the marital property register, it is assumed that the type of property relationship of the spouses is jointness of property.
Surname after the contraction of marriage
A new surname may be chosen upon contraction of marriage or the current surname may be retained.
The new surname may be a joint surname with the spouse, which is the surname last borne by one of the spouses before marriage, or consist of the surname last borne before the marriage followed by a hyphen and the surname of the spouse, and only one of the spouses can bear the surname given in this way.
Time, place and cost of contraction of marriage
A marriage shall not be contracted earlier than one month and later than six months from the date on which the prospective spouses submitted an application for marriage to a vital statistics office. The time of the contraction of marriage is agreed upon when the application for marriage is submitted. Upon contraction of marriage, an identity document must be presented to identify the person.
In the Tartu City Government, it is possible to get married in the office, with solemnisation taking place in the hall, or outside the vital statistics office at the desired location of the prospective spouses.
Contraction of marriage in the office (Tiigi tn 12) takes place on weekdays during reception hours without a ceremony, photographer and guests.
In the hall (Tiigi tn 12), the solemnisation and contraction of marriage usually takes place on Fridays and Saturdays, along with a ceremony. Guests, photographers, etc., are welcome, but of course it is also possible for just the two of you to get married in the hall or in the company of your loved ones. Please inform us of any special requests you may have when submitting your application. See more regarding the solemnisation and contraction of marriage in the hall.
The contraction of marriage is also possible outside the premises of the authority in the location chosen by the prospective spouses. For more details, see contraction of marriage outside the vital statistic office.
In addition to the state fee, a service fee must be paid for the solemnisation and contraction of marriage in the hall or outside the premises of the authority.
Upon contraction of marriage, a marriage certificate shall be issued to the prospective spouses and a marriage entry shall be made in the population register.
State fee the payment thereof
A state fee of EUR 30 must be paid for making a marriage entry and it must be paid before the application is submitted.
It is possible to pay on the spot using a bank card at the self-service checkout or in advance in the Internet bank:
Recipient: Ministry of Finance
SEB Pank EE891010220034796011
Luminor Bank EE701700017001577198
Reference number 10294002000134
When making the payment, please indicate in the explanation: the marriage entry and the surnames of the prospective spouses.