The Government of Romania legally recognizes only civil marriage ceremonies that are performed in the City Hall in the area where the Romanian citizen resides. Many couples also choose to hold a religious ceremony after the completion of the civil ceremony.
The following documents from the U.S. citizen are needed by the Mayor’s Office to authorize marriage to a Romanian citizen:
- Certified copy of the birth certificate, authenticated with apostil, plus Romanian translation of the birth certificate obtained from a Romanian Notary Public office.
- Affidavit (notarized statement) that the American citizen is free to marry (Certificat de cutuma). The affidavit is obtained from the US Embassy in Bucharest (the American Citizen Services in the Consular Section) during regular business hours; no appointment is necessary. The fee is 30.00 USD and the US passport must be presented when signing the affidavit.
- Prenuptial Certificate (Health Certificate) obtained from a clinic in the Romanian city/town where your marriage will take place.
- Proof of termination of any previous marriages, original or certified copy, with a translation in Romanian (i.e. Divorce/Annulment Decree, Death Certificate).