Information on recording marriages, births and deaths during the emergency situation 24.03.2020


In the emergency situation, the municipal civil registration offices provide the registration of births and deaths in person, however, it is advisable to book your visit by telephone or email.  Contact details for municipal civil registry offices are available HERE.

Civil registry offices will accept applications to the archive regarding repeated issue of civil status certificates and references electronically in the portals www.latvija.lv or www.epakalpojumi.lv. More information is available HERE.

Applications for marriage registration can currently only be sent to the selected registry office electronically, if the application for the registration of marriage is signed by a secure electronic signature by both persons wishing to marry. More information is available HERE.

Certain civil registry offices register also the marriages filed before the declaration of the emergency situation. If individuals do not wish to register a marriage that has been previously applied for during the emergency situation, the marriage registration can be postponed by agreeing another time with the civil registry office. It should be noted that, at the moment for safety reasons, the registration of marriage takes place only in the presence of witnesses without guests. 

At the same time, the Civil Registry Department of the Ministry of Justice draws attention to the fact that due to the restrictions on the in-person services, no new applications on the change of name, surname or nationality record will be accepted. In regard to decisions on the change of name or surname already made, the individual should have to change their identity document due to the change of name. However, as the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs has stopped accepting clients in person, currently, it is not possible to receive a new identification document due to the change of name or surname (including change of surname upon conclusion of marriage). The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs has informed that if an identity document issued in the Republic of Latvia has expired, the person can continue to use this personal identity document during the emergency situation.

The Civil Registry Department of the Ministry of Justice recommends to carefully and responsibly assess any need for in-person consultation and use electronic means of communication to contact the civil registry offices.

 

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