Marriage in Turkey, 28.01.2010
Marriage in Turkey
According to Turkish Marriage regulations, a Turkish national and a foreigner or two foreigners with different nationalities can be married by Turkish authorities.
Two foreigners of the same nationality can be married either by the offices of their own Country's Embassy or Consulate or by the Turkish authorities.
All marriages done by the Turkish authorities are subject to the relevant articles of the Turkish Civil Code and related regulations.
Whether they are Turkish or foreigners, Turkish relevant authorities do not conduct these marriages, unless the petitioners can provide their marriage licenses issued by the proper Civil Status Registrars of his or her own Country, that they hold the nationality of, respectively.
Conditions for a legal Marriage
1- Capacity to marry: Only those persons who are of sound mental capacity to make fair judgments are allowed to marry. Mental illness is, therefore, a bar to marriage. In addition, a person must have reached the minimum age of 18 to marry.
2- Absence of consanguinity: Marriage between close relatives is prohibited.
3- Already existing marriage: Monogamy is one of the essential principles of Turkish family law. A second marriage can not be entered into unless the first is terminated.
4- Waiting period: Married women whose marriage has been dissolved cannot marry before the expiration of three hundred days from the date of dissolution.
5- Sickness: Certain medical conditions also constitute a bar to marriage.
Only civil marriages performed by authorized marriage officers are legally binding in Turkey.
Necessary documents for marriage:
1- Petition of the marriage. To start an action the groom and bride must file a petition of the marriage. "Evlenme Beyannamesi"
2- Passport, Identification card, birth certificate,
3- Health certificate.
A medical examination is required in order to marry. The examination may be performed in designated medical clinics determined by the Turkish Bureau of Marriages. Each marriage bureau will use different clinics for these tests. You will need to contact the marriage bureau of your choice for the addresses of these clinics. A report of medical examination includes applicant's blood type and results of blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and Syphilis and indicates that the applicant has no contagious diseases.
4- 4 pictures belong to bride and groom.
5- Certificate of Capacity to Marry. (Single, divorce, widow or widowed.)
Each Mayoral District has a marriage bureau. Learn which district your residence falls and pick up a "Marriage Declaration" form (Evlenme Beyannamesi), from the Marriage Bureau. Below are selected Marriage Bureaus in Istanbul:
Beyoglu: Taksim, +90 (212) 243 2295
Besiktas: Ciragan Cad. Besiktas, +90 (212) 260 6497
Sisli: Abidei Hurriyet Cad. Yeni Adliye Binasi, +90 (212) 248 1069
Eminonu: Sarachane Mevkii, Eminonu , +90 (212) 520 2992
Fatih: Sarachane Mevkii , +90 (212) 526 2142
Uskudar: Dogancilar Cad., Bostan Sok. No:2, +90 (216) 333 0438
Bakirkoy: Sahilyolu, Bakirkoy, +90 (212) 572 4686
Beykoz: Gumussuyu IETT Duragi, Beykoz, +90 (216) 331 0113
Kadikoy: Sogutlucesme Tren Istasyonu Karsisi, +90 (216) 418 4893