What eloping couples will need to do:
- Bring valid passports and both partners' birth certificates.
- Non-US citizens should obtain a certificate of marital status (if applicable, present an original divorce decree signed by the Ministry of Justice located in Reykjavik).
- Fill out the application form available from the District Magistrate of Reykjavik (one witness per partner) certifying your ability for marriage.
- Drop off the application two days before the marriage date. If mailing the application, it needs to arrive two weeks early instead.
FUN FACT: In some Icelandic families, long engagements are the norm, which can last three or four years.
For gay/lesbian couples wanting to get married in Iceland:
In Iceland, same sex marriage was legalized in June 2010. Any legal differences between a heterosexual marriage and a same sex marriage (cohabitation, as it was called) were eliminated; at that time, same sex marriages finally became fully equal with heterosexual marriages on all levels. Now Iceland only has one marriage law that applies to both heterosexual and same sex marriage and the same requirements apply.
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