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  • Two persons who want to enter into the marriage with each other are married to each other by a civil registrar within the framework of the civil marriage/marriage.
  • The wedding ceremony takes place in a place dedicated to it by the competent authority .prescribed).

For the establishment of a marriage, the civil marriage is fundamentally necessary in the German legal field.

When examining the so-called marital capacity of foreign spouses (certificate of marital capacity of the home state), it depends on whether legal obstacles to marriage arise from the respective home law of the foreign partner. This examination is intended to prevent a marriage being concluded in Germany that is ineffective, voidable or invalid in the spouse's home country.

The marriage is performed by a civil registrar within the framework of the civil marriage of two persons.

The only exception is the marriage of two foreign nationals, before a married person duly authorised by the government of the home State, in the form prescribed by the law of that State, in so far as one of the fiancées is a national of that State.

  • Proof of identity (identity card, passport, or suitable identity document)



  • Registration of the intended marriage
  • If language skills are missing, an interpreter must be brought along at the instigation of the spouse.
  • The spouses must be of legal age.
  • The spouses must have legal capacity (especially, of course, legal capacity.
  • Spouses must be present in person
  • According to German law, marriage may not be precluded by an obstacle to marriage.
  • §104 BGB (German Civil Code)
  • § 1310 BGB (German Civil Code)
  • § 1312 BGB (German Civil Code)
  • § 1896 ff. BGB
  • § 1903 BGB (German Civil Code)
  • Art. 13 sec. 4 sentence 1 EGBGB
  • § 6 PStG
  • § 11 PStG
  • § 13 PStG
  • § 29 PStV
  • Art. 14.1 et seq. PStGVwV

Before the marriage, the spouses must be asked whether there have been any changes in their factual circumstances concerning the conditions for marriage since the registration of the marriage and whether they wish to determine a married name.

The marriage should be carried out in a dignified form appropriate to the importance of the marriage. Witnesses are no longer mandatory under German law, but can still be involved.

The wedding ceremony takes place at a (prescribed) place dedicated to it by the competent authority (registry office).

The lawful marriage presupposes h the legal capacity (especially the natural legal capacity and the marital capacity) of the spouse, which is checked by the registrar/registry office. The declarations of the spouse that they wish to enter into the marriage with each other must be recorded in a record by the registrar after the marriage. The record must contain all the information to be recorded in the marriage register. It must be signed by the spouses, the witnesses and the registrar.

A marriage is also considered to be concluded if the spouses have declared that they want to enter into the marriage with each other.

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Senator for the Interior, Department 23 Civil Status Law, of the State of Bremen

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