This time around – the Registry Office in Gdańsk. Actually, I must have created an outline of this post in March 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic sapped most of the enthusiasm I had for blogging out of me:
My wife’s appointment to submit her application for a temporary residence card is looming. Henceforth, I’ve been on the hunt for supporting documents to back up her application. One such document is a current copy of our Polish marriage certificate, which I recently obtained from the Registry Office (USC – Urząd Stanu Cywilnego) inside the main City Hall of Gdańsk (Urząd Miejski).
THE LOCATION OF THE REGISTRY OFFICE IN GDAŃSK
The Registry Office in Gdańsk is located inside the City Hall (Urząd Miejski) at 8/12 Nowe Ogrody Street. It is just a stone’s throw from the Forum Shopping Centre.
FINDING THE REGISTRY OFFICE INSIDE THE CITY HALL OF GDAŃSK
Upon entering Gdańsk City Hall, one can’t help but notice some red tape stuck to the stairs with the letters ‘USC’, in white, also stuck to the floor every few metres or so.
So, it’s just a case of following the red tape and the occasional sign to reach the corridor where the Registry Office is located:
ONCE YOU REACH THE CORRIDOR
The first thing one has to do once they reach the Registry Office is to press a letter on a screen according to which service they require. My Polish is not so hot at the moment, but I was able to recognise most of the words and services on the screen. I had to press A, which means submitting applications and collecting copies of civil status documents.
Here are the translations of the other services:
B/C – Registration of births and acknowledgment of paternity after a vital record has been drawn up
D – Entries of foreign documents
E – Registration of deaths
F – Registration of marriages and notifications of jubilee anniversaries. Testimonials
L – Archive of vital records until the year 1945 – copies of entries and certificates regarding German civil registries
R – Register of contact details
* zmiana imienia i nazwiska – changes of names and surnames
* uzupełnienia sprostowania aktów rozwody – filing corrections for divorce papers
A comprehensive list of procedures dealt with at the Registry Office in Gdańsk can be found here.
GETTING SEEN AND WAITING TIMES
I had originally gone to the Registry Office on a Monday to get a copy of my Polish marriage certificate, but the place was heaving. I anticipated a wait of at least an hour, so my wife and I scarpered.
I returned on a Friday and there were only eight people ahead of me in the queue. I waited around 25 minutes to get seen.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE?
More overburdened employees in the room I entered, but they do their job and say their “pleases” and “thank yous”.
PAYING FOR A VITAL RECORD
After the official checked my details and found the certificate in the system, she asked me to go next door to pay a fee of 33zł for a copy of our full marriage certificate (zupełny aktu małżeństwa).
As soon as I paid, I returned to the official and she handed me my certificate.