MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

Monday 20 September 2021
Special Registry

1. If you have a judgment of divorce issued by a court in Greece:

Required documents:
– The original irrevocable Judicial Decision;
– Service report or non –appealing (in case of agreement between spouses);
– Certification from the Office of the Court which issued the decision, certifying that no ordinary or extraordinary appeal has been lodged;
– Divorce certificate from Church Authorities (only for religious unions);
– The applicant must have a valid identification document or passport.
– No fee is required if the birth is declared within the first 90 days.
– FEE Receipts of fee paid to the Public Financial Service (Δ.Ο.Υ) or from eparavolo https://www1.gsis.gr/sgsisapps/eparavolo/public/create.htm?langid=1
– if the registration takes place between the 90th and 180th day a fee of 5.40 euro is required to be paid at the Public Financial Service (Δ.Ο.Υ) or the fee can be paid through eparavolo: code number 3826 for 5.40 Euros.
– if the registration takes place after 180 days from the birth, a fee 15.60 euro is required to be paid at the Public Financial Service (Δ.Ο.Υ) or the fee can be paid through eparavolo:  code number 3827 for 15.60 Euros.

It is declared at the Special Civic Registry a) by one of the spouses, 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) by any person who has a legitimate interest.

NOTE: The divorce may also be registered at the Registrar where the divorce report was issued.

If you have a judgment of divorce 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);
– The applicant must have a valid identification document or passport.

Fee (See above)

It is registered at the Special Civic Registry by a) one of the spouses, 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) by any person who has a legitimate interest.

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).

 Dissolution of marriage by way of notarial act in accordance with Law 4509/2017

Required documents:
– The Notarial act
– A valid identification document or passport is necessary
– for solemnized marriages: the Holy Metropolis (which is the Head of the churches in the specific region) must issue a document on the spiritual dissolution of the marriage

It is registered at the Special Civic Registry a) by one of the spouses, 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) by any person who has a legitimate interest.

Note: No fee has to be paid for a late declaration of the dissolution of marriage by way of notarial act, since such a decision becomes final as of the date it is declared to the Special Civil Registry Section.


[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.