Marriage in Baku
Under Azerbaijani law, either the bride or the groom must be an Azerbaijani citizen in order for the marriage to be registered in Azerbaijan. The Main Registrar Office (ZAGS) is the only authority that registers marriages, when foreign national involved.
Please Plan Ahead. If you intend to marry in Azerbaijan, you should bring with you all pertinent civil documents from the U.S., particularly those documents (divorce or death certificates) establishing the end of any previous marriage, with translations into Azerbaijani. These must be original documents or court certified copies.
Ensure That You Have A Valid Visa. It is not possible to register for marriage without a valid Azerbaijani visa. Visas may be obtained at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington D.C. For more information on visas for Azerbaijan, please visit the website of Azerbaijan Embassy in Washington D.C.
Get a Certificate of No Record of Marriage. The Government of Azerbaijan requires all American citizens wishing to marry in Azerbaijan to provide a “Certificate of No Record of Marriage” issued by the Vital Records Department in the state of U.S. citizen’s residence. This certificate should state that no record of marriage was found for the named individual. If the applying American citizen was previously married, he or she needs to provide a marriage dissolution certificate, and if she/he is widowed, then the previous marriage and death certificate should be provided as well. Please bear in mind that all of the above mentioned documents must be authenticated (Apostille) by the state government of the issuing state in the U.S., translated into Azerbaijani language and only then submitted to ZAGS office. For more information on Apostille, please click here.
Go To The ZAGS Office. We advise you to contact the Main Registrar Office (ZAGS) at the following address for the most up to date requirements to register your marriage.
Main Registrar Office (ZAGS)
Murtuza Mukhtarov Str. 6
Telephone: 505 6037
Once you have prepared all the required documents, the Main Registrar Office (ZAGS) will accept your marriage application (available at ZAGS office) and provide you with a marriage registration date.
Apply For A U.S. Immigrant Visa. Recent legislation has led to changes in the procedures American citizens resident abroad will follow if they wish to sponsor an immediate relative (spouse, parent or minor child) for an immigrant visa. Please contact the Consular Section for the most current information.
If you are a visitor in this country or a legal permanent resident of the United States, you must file forms with your local USCIS office in the U.S.
For more information visit: http://azerbaijan.usembassy.gov/marriage.html
For Marriage Registration
a) application expressing the wish for marriage;
b) documents identifying persons to conclude marriage;
c) receipt on state duty payment.
The marriage age for men is defined 18 years, for women is 17 years in the Republic of Azerbaijan. If there are reasonable excuses, persons under marriage age can apply to the relevant executive power authorities in their area of residence and the latter can authorize the reduction of marriage age not more than 1 year;
For Divorced Persons –
a) the document on divorce;
b) foreign nationals wishing to conclude a marriage should submit the application on their civil status issued by the competent state authority of their country of citizenship;