Obtaining birth, marriage, divorce or death records from Hungary

In order to obtain records from Hungary, you have to supply us the following data and to send the application to the that particular diplomatic or consular representation which covers the state you live in. (For contact details see the consular districts of Hungarian missions in the U.S.)

Records can requested only if the birth, marriage, divorce or death occurred in the present-day territory of Hungary. Please note that state, municipal, also called civil registering has been on since 1895. The registers before this time were kept by churches, so requesting a record before 1895, always indicate the faith of the concerned persons.

Please always state your relationship to the person whose certificate you request. If not relative, state the purpose of obtaining the certificate. The consular fee is 69 USD per document, it includes the fee and expenses levied by the Hungarian issuing authority. Please send the consular fee in a money order made out to the name of the contacted foreign mission of Hungary in the United States, and a self addressed and stamped envelope for certified mail. The Embassy or the Consulate General can arrange for the returning the requested document by express mail services only if the necessary envelopes, fees, stamps, account numbers, etc. are provided.

Your request shall be forwarded to the competent Hungarian authority. Generally, it takes about 3-4 months to obtain the document, and you will be informed about the arrival of the requested certificate.

Birth record

Name (former or maiden name - if applicable):
Place of birth (if Budapest*, the district too):
Date of birth:
Father's name:
Mother's maiden name:
Purpose of the request:

Marriage record

Name of the married couple (maiden name of the wife):
Place of the marriage (if Budapest*, the district too):
Date of the marriage:
Purpose of the request:

Divorce record

The same data as for the marriage record are required and the exact designation of the court proceeded on the divorce case and the number of the file.

Death record

Name (former or maiden name - if applicable):
Place of death (if Budapest*, the district too):
Date of death:
Purpose of the request:
* Without designation, the overall search in the 23 districts of the capital requires 12 month at least.


How to request a certificate of good conduct from Hungary?

Please supply us with the following data that are required to obtain a certificate of good conduct from Hungary, and send your application to the that particular diplomatic or consular representation which covers the state you live in. (For contact details see the consular districts of missions of Hungary in the U.S.)

Last name and first name:
Place and date of birth:
Mother's maiden name:
Father's name:
Period of stay in Hungary:
Purpose of your stay in Hungary:
Last address in Hungary:

The consular fee is $25 per document, it includes the fee and expenses levied by the Hungarian issuing authority. Please send it in money order made out to the name of the contacted foreign mission of Hungary in the United States, and also send a self addressed and stamped envelope for certified mail. The Embassy or the Consulate General can arrange for the returning the requested document by express mail services only if the necessary envelopes, fees, stamps, account numbers, etc. are provided.

Generally, it takes about 3-4 months to obtain the document.

Marriages involving foreign spouse

Should you wish to get married in Hungary, please contact you or your groom/fiancée the district office of the town in which you are a resident to ascertain the local marriage requirements. The district offices accept affidavits of civil status, birth certificates, and/or freedom to marry, and these documents can be obtained through U.S. Embassy in Budapest. Be prepared to present an original birth certificate, any previous divorce decrees, and any other relevant documents needed to get married. Although U.S. marriage statutes vary from state to state, a marriage performed in Hungary under Hungarian law is generally recognized as valid throughout the United States.

To be legal, all marriages must be performed by a Hungarian civil authority before any religious ceremony takes place. You can, however, choose to have a religious ceremony before the civil marriage but, be aware that this religious ceremony will not be recognized as having any validity under Hungarian law.

One of the persons to be married must have resided at least 30 continuous days prior to the marriage in a town of the district where the civil ceremony is to take place. If both parties to marriage meet the residence requirement, but resided in different districts, the civil ceremony may take place in either district of residence. All foreigners in Hungary must comply with this 30 day residence requirement. It can be waived only by the permission issued by the clerk of the government of the town.

Government Decree No. 7/1996. (I. 18.)
on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Foreigners

On the basis of the authorization granted by Paragraph b) of Subsection (1) of Section 90 of Act LV of 1994 on Arable Land, as amended, (hereinafter referred to as "ALA"), the Government hereby issues the following Decree:

Section 1

1.       If no interests of the local government or other public interests are infringed upon, the director of the responsible public administration office of Budapest or the county (hereinafter referred to as "office director") may grant the license prescribed by Section 88 of ALA which is required for acquisition other than by way of inheritance by foreign legal or natural persons of proprietary rights in real estate which is not classified as arable land or protected natural area (hereinafter referred to as "real estate") [Subsection (4) of Section 88 of ALA].

2.       The license shall be granted in the event that no local government or other public interests are infringed upon, and
a) the foreign person has been granted an immigration permit, or
b) the foreign person acquired the ownership right in the real estate on the basis of Law-Decree 24 of 1976 on Expropriation, as amended, or
c) the foreigner is exchanging domestic real estate which he owns for other domestic real estate, or
d) the goal of acquisition of ownership is to cease common ownership, or
e) the foreigner is given domestic real estate as a gift pursuant to Subsection (7), or
f) the foreigner has verifiably been residing and living in Hungary for a period of no less than five years for the purpose of employment.

3.       In respect of the question as to whether the acquisition of the real estate infringes upon the interests of the local government, the office director shall request a statement by the mayor of the local government of the settlement (or of the district of Budapest) (hereinafter referred to as "mayor") with jurisdiction according to the location of the real estate, and may refuse the license after due consideration of such statement.

4.       Issuance of the license may be refused if, the state of which the foreigner is a national does not, on the basis of international treaty or reciprocity, ensure that Hungarian citizens or Hungarian legal persons are treated equally as domestic persons. The statement of the Foreign Ministry shall be decisive in determining whether an international treaty or state of reciprocity exists.

5.       In respect of proceedings for the acquisition of proprietary rights in real estate classified as a historic monument or monument-type object, in real estate of archeological and historical significance, and in buildings located in protected natural areas, the responsible authority shall participate as a specialized authority.

6.       Residents, as per Paragraph a) of Point 1 of Section 3 of Act XCV of 1995 on Foreign Exchange, may only give proprietary rights in domestic real estate as a gift to foreigners who are their close relatives [Paragraph b), Section 685, Civil Code].

Section 1/A

1.       1/A. § Depart from Paragraph 1., Section (1)-(4), the license shall be granted for foreign natural persons settling down in Hungary as independent entrepreneurs, based on separate legislation, if the real estate is directly necessary for the operation of the economic activity that was established.

2.       Real estate to be acquired for the purpose of trading, sale and purchase, barter, and lease are not considered necessary for the pursuance of the economic activity.

3.       The independent entrepreneur as foreign natural person is bound to alienate the estate, or solicit claims on his retained ownership – according to the conditions of Paragraph 1 - within one year of the return, withdrawal – in case of a private enterprise, its cancellation from the Company Register - of the enterprise license, stipulated in separate legislation, furthermore succeeding the cancellation of professional chamber membership.

Section 2

1.       Applications for the license shall be submitted to the office director with jurisdiction according to the location of the real estate.

2.       The following shall be attached to the application:
a) document(s) establishing the nationality of the foreigner;
b) one copy of the contract on the acquisition of the real estate;
c) one copy of the land register title, no more than 3 months old;
d) tax and valuation assessment certificate, no more than 3 months old;
e) in the event of the commutative acquisition of real estate, or the exchange of real estate, the original certificate on the exchange of convertible payment instruments by a properly authorized Hungarian credit institution or exchange office, or the amount of HUF resources at the party's disposal, or the HUF resources deposited in a convertible HUF account, verifying the purchase price, or any difference in value;
f)
g) in the event of a gift pursuant to Subsection (7) of Section 1, verification of the degree of relationship between the parties to the contract.

3.       In the event of installment payments, or a contract of annuity or support, payment of the first installment or the first annuity payment due shall be verified. The office director may at any time call upon the foreigner to verify payment of his debts.

4.       In the event that the foreigner commutatively alienates his domestic real estate, payment of such consideration may be effected in convertible foreign exchange or currency.

Section 3

The regulations set forth in this Decree shall, with due consideration to the provisions of Subsection (3) of Section 88 of ALA, be applied to the acquisition of real estate by diplomatic and consular representations, as well as by international organizations.

Section 4

1.       This Decree shall enter into force on the 8th day following its promulgation; its provisions shall also be applied to licensing cases which are currently in progress.

2.       For the purposes of this Decree, the provisions of Paragraphs c)-d) of Section 3 of ALA shall be authoritative in the determination of foreign natural and legal persons, whereby the payment regulations set forth in Section 45 of Act XCV of 1995 shall apply to Hungarian citizens classified as foreigners pursuant to the foreign exchange law.

3.       Simultaneously upon this Decree entering into force Government Decree 171/1991 (XII. 27.) Korm. on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Foreigners shall be repealed.

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