The Legal Bit

Civil Marriages In Gibraltar


You can make a booking with us up to two years in advance – the further ahead that you contact us to make your booking, the greater the choice of dates and times. You will have a lot less choice if you contact us at the last minute. 

1. THE LAW
In Gibraltar, the marriage between a man and a woman is provided for under the Gibraltar Marriage Act. Under its provisions it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 13 of the Act, for residents and non-residents alike to marry in Gibraltar with a minimum residency requirement of 1 night either immediately before or after the ceremony.  It also enables civil ceremonies to be conducted at approved locations outside the Registry outside working hours and at weekends.

Civil Partnerships in Gibraltar between two persons is provided for under the Civil Partnership Act.  Under its provisions, it is possible, by means of a Special Licence granted under Section 12 of the Act, for residents & non-residents alike to form a Civil Partnership in Gibraltar.  It also enables a Civil Partnership to be conducted at approved locations outside the registry office and outside working hours and at weekends.  

2. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR MARRIAGE AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
In order to get married or enter into a Civil Partnership at the Registry by means of a Special Licence, you must be able to satisfy the Registrar that you are free to marry by completing affidavits and signing them before a Commissioner for Oaths in Gibraltar. All Bride Gibraltar wedding packages include the arrangement and services of a registered Commissioner for Oaths for this purpose.

ALL FOREIGN LANGUAGE DOCUMENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIALLY
CERTIFIED TRANSLATION INTHE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.  ACCEPTED TRANSLATIONS ARE BY A GIBRALTAR BASED APPROVED TRANSLATOR, BRITISH EMBASSY OR SWORN TRANSLATORS APPROVED AND ENDORSED BY BRITISH EMBASSIES.  

Bride Gibraltar can provide you with all notary, translation & other legal services.  

In addition couples wishing to get married will have to prove their identity by providing the Registrar with originals of the following:

(A) SINGLE PERSONS

• Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;

• Full birth certificate showing both parents' names.  

(B) WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS

• Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;

• Full birth certificate;

• Previous marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate;

• The death certificate of your late spouse or civil partner 

(C) PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED

• Passport or national identity card in the case of an EEA national;

• Full birth certificate;

• Final and absolute divorce decree or certificate of annulment of your previous marriage or dissolution or nullity order in respect of your civil partnership.  

(D ) CHANGE OF NAME

If you have changed your name by deed poll or in some other way, you should produce your change of name deed.

(E) RESIDENCE DOCUMENTATION

All persons must provide the Registrar with evidence that they are legally resident in their respective country.  In the case of persons who reside in the United Kingdom, a UK Residence Permit or if they reside in any other EU country, a valid permit of residence.  

(F) OTHER DOCUMENTATION

In addition to the above the Registrar may, at his sole discretion, ask for other documents considered necessary. For example, if you are a non-EEA national residing in the EEA, the Registrar may ask you to produce your residence document.

(G) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES

If you are a member of the armed forces you will also need to produce your Commanding Officer's consent in writing.

(If you were born / or married in the United Kingdom or your spouse passed away in the United Kingdom and you do not have copies of the relevant birth, marriage or death certificates you should contact the General Register Office (GRO) at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ to order duly certified replacement copies)

3. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT FOR MARRIAGE

To initiate the process you will, in the first instance, need to provide us with the required documentation prior to making a provisional booking for the marriage ceremony. You may do this either by submitting the documents by email or by post to our UK office.

Email : info@bridegibraltar.co.uk

Post: Bride Gibraltar
Vacation House
372-374 Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill
Ilford, Essex
IG2 6HW
UK

Marriages held in the Registry Office will only take place on weekdays between 10.00 and 14.00 excluding public holidays. Civil marriage ceremonies may be held outside the Registry Office on weekdays and weekends (Saturdays only) from 10:00 to 19:00.  

No marriages will be held during the last week before Christmas and will resume on the first working day of the New Year.

4. CIVIL MARRIAGE CEREMONIES

Held outside the Registry must comply with all of the conditions imposed by the Registrar.

5. ATTENDANCE IN PERSON

The couple need to attend the offices of the registrar no later than 10.30am on any working day prior to the date of the ceremony to present the originals, complete the corresponding affidavits and apply for a Special Licence for Marriage. This may be done at any time up to a maximum of 3 months in advance of the date of the ceremony, or as late as the working day before the date of the ceremony as detailed above. The arrangement of such pre-wedding meetings is included in all Bride Gibraltar packages.

In the case where original documents cannot be provided, certified copies of certificates bearing an original seal of the court or registry that issues the certificate or certified true copies of the original by a Notary Public, British Consul or other person entitled in law to certify the authenticity of the document are acceptable.

The issuance of 2 marriage certificates is included in all Bride Gibraltar packages. If you wish certificates to be posted to you to an address outside Gibraltar, there is a further fee of £5.00 which is to be paid by the couple directly to the registrar.

It is also possible to legalise (apostille) marriage certificates, under the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on legalisation of documents. If you wish to apostille your marriage certificate, you should make arrangements for this at the time you order your certificate. There is no requirement to apostille the certificate if it is to be used in Gibraltar or UK. The fee for this service is £15.00 per certificate and is to be paid to the registrar directly.

6. THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

Couples will need to make arrangements for themselves and their guests to be at the marriage venue before the ceremony is to take place. If the marriage is to take place at an external location, they might also need to arrange for transport to convey the Registrar to and from the marriage venue. All Bride Gibraltar packages include the registrar's transport.

Couples and their witnesses should be at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Delays in excess of 10 minutes may result in postponing the ceremony until the Registrar is next available or complete cancellation.  Each couple is allocated 30 minutes for the ceremony & preliminaries.  

Before the ceremony commences, you will be asked for identification (ie your passport or national identity card). You will also need to provide two witnesses for the marriage. Your witnesses may be related to either of you and/or to each other. They may be friends or colleagues but they must be able to speak and understand English and be over the age of 18.

The Registrar will conduct the ceremony in English. Should you require an interpreter you must point out this during the booking application. It is your responsibility to provide a suitable independent interpreter who is acceptable to the Registrar. The Registrar will not conduct the ceremony if he/she is not satisfied that the couple and their witnesses fully understand the wording of the ceremony.

For all ceremonies you must have two other people present to witness that you have said the legal vows and to sign the register. Your witnesses may be related to either of you and/or to each other. The may be friends or colleagues but they must be able to speak and understand English and be over the age of 18 and acceptable to the Registrar.  Bride Gibraltar provides a witness service if required.  

7. IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS - IMPORTANT

If you do not reside in Gibraltar and you are not an EEA national you may require a visa to enter Gibraltar. If you do require a visa, you will need to apply for one at the UK Visa Application Centre in your country of residence. You must bear in mind that unless you have guaranteed returnability to either your country of normal residence or your country of origin, the issue of a Gibraltar visa may not be authorised. If you have any queries, regarding visas for Gibraltar please contact: Borders & Coastguard Agency, Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar. GX11 1AA Tel: 00 (350) 200 65465 Email: info@bca.gov.gi You should be aware that Gibraltar is not part of Schengen; therefore, if you intend to travel to Gibraltar through Spain and return the same way, you should ensure that if you require a Schengen visa, this is valid for more than one entry.

Updated: 9th October 2017