Marriage Procedures in Turkey for U.S. Citizens
Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, if you have been outside of Turkey in the 10 days prior to your appointment, you will need to reschedule. At this time, we are only able to schedule limited notarial appointments for services on behalf of U.S. citizens.
If you are a U.S. citizen marrying in Turkey, you will first need an Ankara Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry (PDF 106 KB), Istanbul Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry (PDF 208 KB) or Adana Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry (PDF 369 KB) issued by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. All marriages in Turkey must be performed under the authority of the Turkish Civil Code to be legally recognized. Religious ceremonies are not legally recognized. The U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Turkey do not perform marriages.
- The documents notarized at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara for Turkish residency and marriage need to be taken to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for signature authentication by scheduling an appointment at https://tasdik.mfa.gov.tr.
The U.S. Embassy Ankara affidavits are accepted by authorities in the following Turkish provinces: Afyon, Agri, Aksaray, Amasya, Ankara, Antalya, Ardahan, Artvin, Aydin, Bartin, Bayburt, Burdur, Cankiri, Corum, Denizli, Erzincan, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Giresun, Gumushane, Igdir, Isparta, Izmir, Karabuk, Karaman, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kirikkale, Kirsehir, Konya, Kutahya, Manisa, Mugla, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sinop, Sivas, Tokat, Trabzon, Usak, Yozgat and Zonguldak.
The U.S. Consulate General Istanbul affidavits are accepted by authorities in the following Turkish provinces: Balikesir, Bilecik, Bolu, Bursa, Canakkale, Düzce, Edirne, Istanbul, Kirklareli, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Tekirdag, and Yalova.
The U.S. Consulate Adana affidavits that are accepted by authorities in the following Turkish provinces: Adana, Adiyaman, Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Icel, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Mardin, Mus, Osmaniye, Siirt, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Tunceli, and Van.
Step 1: Fill out online and print out (BUT DO NOT SIGN) the affidavit of the Embassy or Consulate office according to the above list. Write each field exactly as it is in your passport, e.g. United States Department of State.
Step 2: Due to health and safety restrictions, we have limited availability for routine consular services. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you must agree to the entry requirements and terms service below:
- If your intended service does not match the appointment you schedule online, we will not be able to assist you and you will need to re-schedule.
- You must be on-time and cannot arrive more than 10 minutes early.
- You must wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth.
- You must arrive with identification and all required documents, photos, and photocopies.
- You must arrive with cash (USD or TRY) or a credit card (Turkish debit cards are not accepted) to pay for your service
- If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms in the 14 days prior to your appointment, such as a fever, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough, you cannot enter to the facility.
- You must agree to check your temperature 24 hours before your appointment and, if it is 100.4°F/38°C or higher, you cannot enter the facility.
- You must confirm that you will not have international travel outside of Turkey, including to or from the U.S., in the 10 days prior to your appointment. If you will enter Turkey less than 10 days prior to your appointment, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.
- If you have any close contact in the 10 days prior to your appointment with individuals who have had international travel, including the U.S., you cannot enter the facility.
- If you have any close contact with anyone under isolation or quarantine in the 10 days prior to your appointment, you cannot enter the facility. You must contact us to re-schedule.
In order to confirm your understanding of these terms of service and schedule an appointment, please click the following link: I acknowledge and agree to these terms and will adhere to the health and safety guidelines above.
To schedule an appointment at the Consular Agency in Izmir, please email Izmir Consular Agency.
Step 3: Come to your appointment to sign the affidavit in person. Bring your valid U.S. passport. If you have been married previously, bring an original or a certified copy of your divorce decree. Pay the US $50 fee for notarizing the affidavit of eligibility in U.S. cash or a major credit card. You may pay by cash or credit card in dollars or the Turkish lira equivalent at the Embassy or Consulate.
Step 4: Take your notarized affidavit from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate and follow the instructions on where you should be taking the affidavit in Istanbul (instructions on the second page of the affidavit), Adana (instructions on the second page of the affidavit) and Ankara, (follow the instructions on this page).
- Don’t sign the affidavit until you come to your appointment.
- You can type in information like the country name etc., if it is not on the drop down menu of the affidavit form. The form will allow you to type in.
- You can take the affidavit from the Embassy/Consulate on the same day of your appointment.
Certifying a U.S. marriage record in Turkey
Individuals who wish to record their U.S. marriage in the vital statistics office (nüfüs dairesi) of Turkey should contact their local vital statistics office in Turkey to do so. Normally the vital statistics office will request an apostille of the U.S. marriage.
For more information on the apostille process, visit the Department of State’s Apostille Requirements web page. The U.S. Embassy or Consulates do not provide apostille services.