How can I recognize a foreign marriage in Romania?

Recently, more and more people are choosing to live abroad and even get married in another country. It’s also very common to see couples formed by a Romanian with a foreign citizen, who choose to marry abroad.

But what steps should they follow once they return to Romania?

What effects does a foreign marriage have in Romania?

Unfortunately, a foreign marriage has no legal effects in Romania if it is not recognized officially. This applies both for EU and non-EU marriages.

In other words, you will not be considered husband and wife by the Romanian state if you don’t follow an administrative procedure, mentioned below.

What is the transcription of a marriage certificate?

“Transcription” represents legal recognition, it is an official term used for any foreign document which should be recognized in Romania. The transcription is used not only for marriages, but also for birth certificates and death certificates.

After the transcription is done, you will get a second marriage certificate from the Romanian authorities, which will reflect the content of the original marriage certificate. You will essentially have two certificates: the foreign one and the Romanian one.

What happens if I don’t recognize my foreign marriage?  

Without this recognition, you won’t have any of the legal benefits offered by the Romanian state for married couples, such as: obtaining visa or residency permit for family members, common patrimony, a simplified procedure for foreign citizens when traveling abroad.

Where can I request this recognition?

You can address the town hall where the spouses have a common domicile or only one of them is domiciled, according to their Romanian ID.

What does a transcription request contain?

It should contain a series of documents, such as: the marriage certificate, birth certificates of both spouses (apostilled/legalized), identity cards.

Is it mandatory for the spouses to make the transcription request themselves?

No, they can empower a lawyer or another trustworthy person to transcribe their certificate. The power-of-attorney must be notarized, a simple handwritten document is not enough.

How long does it take to receive the Romanian marriage certificate?

The transcription of the foreign certificate is done in 30 days, a term that may differ slightly from one town hall to another.

Finally, after all this procedure, you can enjoy the recognition of your foreign marriage.

And they lived happily ever after!


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  • Ahmed Awaad
    Posted February 7, 2022 7:59 pm


    I am an Egyptian, 51 years old, and work as an engineering manager in UAE. I am interested in Romania Citizenship and looking for your help

    Ahmed Awaad

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted February 9, 2022 12:39 pm

      Hello, if you do not have Romanian ancestors or you never lived in Romania, we cannot help you obtain RO citizenship.

  • Imtiaz Ahmed
    Posted March 29, 2022 6:04 pm

    I came to romania from pakistan i want to get married here

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted April 14, 2022 10:53 am

      Sure, is your future wife a Romanian citizen?

  • Bianca
    Posted June 19, 2022 12:58 pm

    I got married in 2018 in Germany…same sex couple…changed my sex and documents legaly in romania this year, did the changes in marriage registry in Germany…none of us is German citizen. One from romania one from serbia. Our countries doesn’t recognize us as married cuz at the time the marriage took place was a same sex marriage.

    My question: could I get married to the same person in my home country as both of us figure as unmarried in our home countries?!

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted June 29, 2022 12:47 pm

      Hello, legally if you are already married with somebody, even in another country, you cannot marry again legally. You would need to give a declaration saying you are unmarried, which would be untrue and basically a criminal offence.

  • Abdelmohssen Abozaid
    Posted November 1, 2022 11:16 pm

    I am Egyptian married with Romanian and she has American passport and I have a green card in America
    But we get married in Egypt in 2017 and her Romanian passport expired
    Can she register tha marriage by the American passport in Romania because she has to go back to the US soon or she can hire a lawyer to do that .

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted November 14, 2022 12:25 pm

      Hello, your case is pretty specific, we cannot give you legal advice right here in the comment section. Please book a call with us here and we will discuss everything you need during a legal consult.

  • Abdelmohssen Abozaid
    Posted November 1, 2022 11:18 pm

    Did anyone can help us in our setuation?
    Or someone can answer us back .

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted November 14, 2022 12:25 pm

      Hello, your case is pretty specific, we cannot give you legal advice right here in the comment section. Please book a call with us here and we will discuss everything you need during a legal consult.

  • Hammad
    Posted January 25, 2023 3:16 am

    Hi I’m Pakistani citizen coming to Romania to get engaged with German citizen can you helper for documentation

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted April 25, 2023 12:17 pm

      Hello, does your fiance have Romanian TR?

  • Ruth
    Posted January 25, 2023 6:06 am

    Can I go to Romania with my Romanian husband am from Philippines but me and him have a planned to go in Romania to be notary our marriage here in Philippines did I need a entry visa when I going there with my husband?

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted April 25, 2023 12:17 pm

      Sorry, we did not understand your issue exactly. So you are married to a Romanian citizen at present?

  • Stu
    Posted July 11, 2023 12:52 pm

    Hello, I married a Romanian citizen in UK and had the marriage recognised in Constanta, where she was from. We are now in the UK divorce process. Would it be simpler to get divorced in Romania? If I continue the divorce in the UK would I need to have the marriage disolved/unrecgognised in Romania as well?

    • R&R Partners Bucharest
      Posted July 13, 2023 12:29 pm

      You can only get divorced according to your last common domicile. If you did not live in Romania you cannot get divorced here.

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