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Personal Details Updates and Family Records Certificates

Personal Details Updates

Every Estonian national has the obligation to update his/her data in the Estonian Population Register. If you reside in the United Kingdom more than 183 days a year, you have the obligation to update your place of residence with your UK address. In order to do so, please fill out the application form (14.92 KB, DOCX) and send it digitally signed or scanned by email to london@mfa.ee or by post. It is also possible to update your address online with a valid ID-card (requires valid pin-codes and an ID-card reader). You are not obligated to change your address if you are staying in the UK temporarily for studying purposes.

Did you give birth, got married, divorced or changed your name in the United Kingdom?

If you gave birth, got married, divorced or changed your name in the United Kingdom, you need to inform the Embassy of the change. An original apostille’d document (e.g. birth certificate) should be sent to the Embassy (44 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London, SW7 5PJ) together with a copy of your passport or ID-card (and a copy of your spouse’s passport in case of marriage). The original document will be returned to you within a couple of weeks after your data in the Estonian Population Register has been updated.

Marriage in the UK

In order to get married in the UK, please check with the authority where you are planning to get married (register office, church) which documents are required. In the UK you might be asked to prove that there are no obstacles by Estonian law for you to get married. This document is called a Certificate of No Impediment and Estonian citizens who have registered their place of residency in the UK can apply for the certificate through the Embassy by post. Please fill out the following application form (PDF) and send it to us together with a copy of your and your future spouse’s passport or ID-card, and the state fee by Postal Order (cheque from a post office; payable to Estonian Embassy). According to the Estonian regulations, the certificate will expire if the marriage is not contracted within six months after the certificate has been issued. In case you are required to submit your Estonian birth certificate and divorce certificate, you can apply for the English version of the document through the Embassy by post.

After getting married in the UK, you need to send your original marriage certificate (apostille’d) together with your and your spouse’s passport copy to the Embassy, so that your marital status in the Estonian Population Register can be updated. Within 1 year of the marriage in the UK, you have the right to either keep your old surname or take your spouse’s surname. You can apply for a new passport/ID-card with your spouse’s surname by submitting your marriage certificate and a copy of your spouse’s passport/ID-card. In order to make changes after the first year of marriage, or to make any other changes to your name (take both surnames or change your first name), you need to apply for a change of name (deed poll).

If you wish to submit your UK marriage certificate (and new passport and ID-card application) in Estonia, please make sure that you legalise your marriage certificate at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised.

Marriage in Estonia

In order to get married in Estonia, the couple must submit a written application to a Vital Statistics Office, notary or minister of religion who has the right to marry couples. For detailed information about the required documents and the possible need for translations, please contact the notary, the church or the Vital Statistics Office in Estonia where you are planning to get married. The list of required documents can also be found on the Tallinn Vital Statistics Office website: http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/Contraction-of-marriage.

British citizens will need their valid passport, birth certificate, certificate of no impediment (and divorce certificate if previously divorced) in order to get married in Estonia. British citizens can apply for a certificate of no impediment at their local register office in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad. The UK birth certificate, certificate of no impediment (and divorce certificate if divorced) have to be legalised (apostilled) by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised.

Please note that the UK issues certificates of no impediment only to British citizens. Therefore, if an Estonian citizen who lives in the UK is required to present a confirmation that he/she has not married in the UK, then it is not possible to get such a document from the UK. In this case, an Estonian citizen has to make a written statement while getting married in Estonia to confirm that there are no obstacles for him/her to get married. If required, it is possible to apply for a reissue of your Estonian marriage certificate in English through the Embassy by post.

Change of Name

In the UK you have the right to keep your old surname or take your spouse’s surname within 1 year after the marriage. You can apply for a new passport/ID-card with your spouse’s surname by submitting your marriage certificate (apostille’d) and copy of your spouse’s passport/ID-card along with the passport application.

In order to make changes after the first year of marriage, or to make any other changes to your name (take both surnames or change your first name), you need to apply for a change of name as per the UK name change system. In the UK change of name can be done with a deed poll document: https://www.gov.uk/change-name-deed-poll.

Your deed poll has to be certified in the UK by a solicitor or notary public, and then apostille’d. An Estonian citizen can also apply for a change of name in Estonia at the Vital Statistics Office in Tallinn: http://www.tallinn.ee/Teenus-Changing-the-forename-and-surname. If required, it is possible to apply for a reissue of your Estonian change of name certificate in English through the Embassy by post.

Family Records Certificates

A Family Records Certificate (about a birth, death, marriage, divorce or change of name) can be issued to the person directly or to one’s guardian. Estonian citizens who have registered their place of residency in the UK can apply for the required certificate through the Embassy by post. For this, please fill out the following application form (PDF) and send it to us together with a copy of your passport or ID-card and state fee by Postal Order (cheque from a post office; payable to Estonian Embassy).