MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

Monday 10 May 2021

CORRECTIONS ON THE MARRIAGE REGISTRATIONS

1. A Final Judicial Decision is needed for CHANGES on the Marriage Registration

Required documents:
– Certified copy of the final judicial decision;
– The Service Report;
– Certification from the Office of the Court which issued the decision, certifying that no ordinary or extraordinary appeal has been lodged. It must be issued one month after the Service Report.
– The applicant must have a valid identification document or passport.

Corrections may be requested a) by one of the spouses or b) by a duly authorized third party; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney c) by a lawyer duly authorized; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney d) any person who has a legitimate interest.

1.1 If you have a Final Judicial Decision issued by a court abroad

Required documents:
– The original irrevocable decision issued by a court abroad, legally certified and officially translated1 into Greek. You may also submit a legally certified copy of it;
– A legally certified2 and officially translated Certification that the decision is final, (in case it is not referred to in the body of the Court decision);
– Recognition by the Greek Courts of the final decision issued by a court abroad (as applicable);3
– The applicant must have a valid identification document or passport.

2. Corrections of errors which relate either to the place, the day, the month, the year and the time of birth, or to errors of accentuation, grammatical and phonological rules, can be corrected by the  Section of Special Civic Registry after investigation and verification of the factual information.

Required documents:
– Official documents proving/ supporting/ demonstrating the correction requested.

Corrections may be requested a) by one of the spouses or b) by a duly authorized third party; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney c) by a lawyer duly authorized; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney d) any person who has a legitimate interest.

A solemn declaration of both spouses is requested with an authentication of the signature stating the number of the marriage (first, second, etc) if their marriage certificate does not state their personal status (bachelor or single, divorced widowed).

3. Corrections which do not fall under category 1 and 2 can be corrected with the Permission of the Public Prosecutor with the Athens Court of First Instance (Scholi Evelpidon, building 16, office 8-10).

Correction requests can be made: a) by the parents if the child is underage; b) by the interested person itself provided that she/he is 18 years of age c) by a duly authorized third party; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney d) by a lawyer duly authorized; by means of notarized Special Power of Attorney.  e) by any person having a legitimate interest.

Required documents:
– Official documents proving the correction requested;


[1]   Official translation: a) the document can be translated and certified by the Consulate or b) the document can be translated in Greece by the Section of Translations (Arionos 10 and Ermou- Monastiraki) or c) by a qualified Greek lawyer.

[2]   a) Apostille Stamp https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/authorities1/?cid=41) or b) if the country is not a member of the Apostille Convention certified by the Greek Consulate in the area of residence or c) if a EU member no other certification is needed.

[3]   The recognition by the Greek Courts of the final decision which is issued by a court abroad is not required, if: the final decision is issued by a court in a EU Member state (with the exception of Denmark). Also, no recognition is necessary from if the decision has been issued in the following countries:
-is issued by a court in ARMENIA (article 22 of law 3007/2002),
-is issued by a court in GEORGIA (article 26 of law 2813/2000),
-is issued by a court in ROMANIA (article 25 of law decree: law 429/1974) and
-is issued by a court in SYRIA (article 26 of law 1450/1984).