Australian Embassy
Russian Federation
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Marriage in Russia and CIS

Marriage in Russia and CIS

To marry in Russia or other country of the CIS you will need to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) from the Australian Embassy, Moscow. CNI is a document issued by the Australian Consular mission at the country of marriage in the local language, which states/confirms for the local authorities your conjugal status is single and free to marry. You may apply for the CNI while in Australia; however the documents issued in Australia are not acceptable in the Russian Federation or CIS countries unless they contain an Apostille Stamp and translated into the local language. If you obtain a CNI in Australia please make sure you legalise it properly by obtaining an Apostille Stamp at the nearest DFAT office. 

TO APPLY FOR THE CNI IN MOSCOW YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO CONSULAR SECTION THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

1. Completed Application Form
 
Details of both partners must be completed.

Note: *The persons before whom this declaration may be made are: a legal practitioner; a medical practitioner; an Australian Consular Officer; an Australian Diplomatic Officer; a person authorised under section 3(c) or 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955; a bailiff; a civil marriage celebrant; a clerk of a court; a Justice of the Peace; a magistrate; a minister of religion; a Notary Public; a police officer; a Registrar or Deputy Registrar of a court; or a permanent employee (with 5 or more years of continuous service) of a local government authority or of Commonwealth, State or Territory government or authority.

2. Original Divorce Certificate where applicable with an Apostille stamp or a true copy of the original certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia (NOT a Justice of the Peace, Public Notary or any other authority)

3. Your CURRENT Australian passport. If you are applying by mail a photocopy of your passport will do.

4. Passport or a photocopy of your fiancée’s passport (page with full name details and page with date and place of birth details).

5. Your current visa to Russia / CIS country. If you are applying by mail a photocopy of your passport will do.

6. Consular fee. The fees are subject to change, please check with the Embassy.

IF YOU ARE APPLYING BY MAIL PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARRANGE A RETURN DELIVERY OF THE DOCUMENTS.

The application with supporting documentation and appropriate fees should be mailed or hand delivered to the Consular section of Australian Embassy at: Russia, Moscow, 109028, Podkolokolny Pereulok 10a/2. Tel. +7 495 956 6070

Once your certificate has been issued by the Embassy, you will then need to take it to the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Russian Federation in Moscow for its legalization. The contact information is available at the Embassy. Normally legalization at MFA takes up to five working days. Please note, for CIS Countries, the CNI must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where you intend to get married.

After legalization by the MFA you can then go to ZAGS (marriage registry) and make an appointment for your wedding. You should be aware that ZAGS require at least 30 days prior notice of intended nuptials.
It is recommended that you contact the ZAGS office in which you intend to marry prior the submitting of marriage applications as requirements for paperwork to be supplied by you can often vary. Some require seeing an original divorce certificate, others do not. You will most likely need a certified translated copy of your passport as well as translation of all other documents required by the Marriage office. The Embassy can assist with certified copies but the translation services are not provided.

IMPORTANT:

DUAL NATIONALS NOT TRAVELLING ON THEIR AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT MUST OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT TO MARRIAGE FROM THE EMBASSY OF THEIR SECOND NATIONALITY.
 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Registration compulsory since 1 March 1856. Incomplete Church records prior 1856.
NSW Registry of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages
GPO Box 30
Sydney
NSW 2001
Tel. 02 83068400
Fax 02 96995120
e-mail: bdm-webmail@agd.nsw.gov.au
Internet: www.bdm.nsw

VICTORIA

Civil record commence 1853. Incomplete church records
Prior to 1853

Registry of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages
PO Box 4332
Melbourne
Victoria 3001

Tel: 03 9613 5999
Fax 03 9603 5880


QUEENSLAND

Incomplete church records prior 1856
Queensland registrations prior to 1890 are held by the State Archives, PO Box 1397, Sunnybank Hills, Brisbane 4109.


The Registry of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages
PO Box 15188
City East
QUENSLAND 4002
Tel: 073247 9203; fax 073247 5818

E-mail: bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au
Internet: www.justice.qld.gov.au/bdm/home.htm

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Self government since 1856.
Incomplete church records prior 1856

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5001

Tel: 08 8204 9599
Fax: 08 8204 9605
Internet: www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm/index.html

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Registration has been compulsory since 1841

Registrar General’s Office
Level 10, 141 St George Terrace
Perth
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6000

Tel: 08 9264 1555
Fax: 08 9264 1599

Internet: www.moj.wa.gov.au

TASMANIA

Self government since 1835. Incomplete church records prior 1835.
The Registry of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages
GPO Box 198
Hobart
Tasmania 7001

Tel: 03 6233 3793
Fax: 03 6233 6444

Internet: www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm

NOTHERN TERRITORY
The Registry of Birth, Deaths, and Marriages

GPO BOX 3021
Darwin
NOTHERN TERRITORY

Tel: 08 8999 6119
Fax: 08 8999 6324

Internet: www.nt.gov.au/justice

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Records commence 1930. Records prior that are kept in New South Wales.

The Registrar-General
GPO Box 225
Civic Square
ACT 20608
Tel: 02 6207 6444
Fax: 02 6207 0895
Internet: www.rgo.act.au/home.htm