Civil marriage in the district of Reykjavík is administered by:
Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík (The Reykjavík District Commissioner)
Civil marriage ceremonies are performed on weekdays (monday - friday) at the office at Skógarhlíð 6, Reykjavík at 15:00 or 15:30. There is a fee of IKR 7.700.-
Before a 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, 31, 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 Scandinavian languages have to be accompanied by a translation.
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 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.
When the ceremony has taken place, a marriage certificate, in English, can be obtained from The National Population Registry (Þjóðskrá Íslands):
Þjóðskrá Íslands (The National Population Registry)
If you are a citizen or resident of Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland, read this.
If the civil marriage is to take place outside of Reykjavik, the local District Commissioner should be contacted.
The required documents - two weeks before the planned wedding date:
This form is provided by Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík. 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 partners need to submit their birth certificates. The originals can be returned after the wedding ceremony if required.
3. Certificate of marital status*.
Both partners 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 partners, 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.
A divorce decree issued by a foreign authority (other than authorities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland) must be validated by the Ministry of Justice in Reykjavík, Iceland, before it is presented to Sýslumaðurinn í Reykjavík.
To apply for a validation of a foreign divorce decree, contact:
Dómsmála- og mannréttindaráðuneytið (The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights)
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 partners are staying legally in Iceland when wedding takes place. Proof of that must be presented: Residence permit, visa or confirmation of arrival date (passport stamp of flight ticket).
Both partners must present valid passports.