Issuing a marriage certificate when marrying abroad
The registry office issues documents and certified printouts from the marriage registers.
The registry office issues documents and certified extracts from the marriage registers. If the marriage has been concluded abroad, documents and certified register printouts can only be issued if the marriage has been re-certified at a German registry office. The same shall apply to the marriage of two foreign nationals in Germany before a person duly authorised by the government of the State to which one of the spouses belongs, in the form prescribed by the law of that State.
Upon request, civil status certificates must be issued to the persons to whom a register entry relates, as well as their spouses, life partners, ancestors and descendants. Other persons have a right to obtain civil status documents if they can demonstrate a legal interest.
- Proof of identity (identity card, passport, or suitable identity document) to check the eligibility to apply and, if applicable,
- Proof of legal interest
No application forms are required.
- The applicant must be the person to whom the register entry relates.
- Spouses, life partners, ancestors, descendants or other persons who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest are also eligible to apply.
§ 5 Abs. 5 Personenstandsgesetz (PStG)
§ 34 Civil Status Act (PStG)
§ 61 - 66 Civil Status Act (PStG)
§ 48 Civil Status Ordinance (PStV)
§ 50 Civil Status Ordinance (PStV)
The applicant requests the issuance of a civil status certificate or a certified register printout.
Spouses, life partners, ancestors, descendants or other persons who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest are also eligible to apply.
The registry office issues the certificate or the certified printout from the register after checking the eligibility.
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