Post-certification of a marriage abroad Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Anyone who has married abroad can apply for the subsequent certification of the marriage in the marriage register.

Properly issued marriage certificates from abroad are generally recognized in Germany. There is no obligation to re-notarize.
The post-certification has the advantage that the German registry office can issue a German marriage certificate if necessary. Any translations and certifications of the foreign document will therefore no longer apply in the future.

A same-sex marriage concluded abroad can be subsequently certified in the marriage register in Germany.

  • Marriage certificate with translation; if necessary, legalization / apostille,
  • valid identity card, passport or travel document
  • if applicable, naturalization certificate, citizenship card.

Since further documents may be required on a case-by-case basis, it is recommended to contact the responsible registry office in advance.

The application can be made informally.
Each spouse is entitled to apply. If both are deceased, their parents or children may submit a corresponding application.

  • § 34 Civil Status Act (PStG),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif) Tarifstelle VwGebV.

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  • VwGebV

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