Issuing a certificate of matrimonial capacity for Germans with a residence abroad

If they wish to marry abroad, there may be a statutory standardisation in the intended state of marriage which requires the presentation of such a certificate. The responsibility for issuing a certificate of matrimonial capacity for this group of persons (German citizens residing or habitually staying abroad) is located at the registry office I in Berlin.

The conditions, the nature and format of the evidence to be provided and the examination of the conditions for marriage are governed by German law. Public documents must prove: the civil status, residence or habitual residence, nationality and the last marriage and its dissolution or the establishment and dissolution of the last civil partnership.


Preconditions
The person must have German nationality. She must be domiciled and habitually resident abroad The proposed marriage is to take place abroad Under German law, the intended marriage must not be precluded by a marriage obstacle
The issuance of a certificate of matrimonial capacity is requested at the competent registry office 1 in Berlin. If the examination shows that the intended marriage does not preclude a marriage obstacle under German law and the necessary information on the person of both spouses is provided, the registry office shall issue the certificate of matrimonial capacity applied for.