Post-certification of a marriage concluded abroad

  • If a German has concluded the marriage abroad, the marriage can be notarized in the marriage register on request.
  • The registry office 1 in Berlin is responsible for the certification of marriages abroad, of persons without a domestic residence.

A marriage concluded abroad is recognized here if the regulations applicable in the country of marriage have been observed and the marriage was concluded before a legally authorized person. Proof of this is generally the marriage certificate. If the document was not written in German, a translation is required in many cases. have them subsequently certified in a German marriage register. There is no obligation to apply for post-certification. But of course this has advantages: You have the possibility to have a marriage certificate issued by us at any time if your foreign certificate is lost and you have a German certificate as proof of your marriage, which facilitates dealings with authorities and other institutions.

  • Marriage certificate (marriage certificate) about the marriage concluded abroad, if necessary with certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalization by the German mission abroad
  • valid identity card, passport or travel document
  • if applicable, naturalization certificate, citizenship card
  • At the birth of the spouses in Germany:

certified copies of the birth registers from the registry offices of the places of birth.

  • At the birth of the spouses abroad:

the birth certificates with certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalization by the German mission abroad

  • Has a spouse been married before:

certified copy from the marriage register of the last previous marriage with a note of dissolution.

Alternatively or in the case of a previous marriage abroad: proof of the conclusion and dissolution of all previous marriages - for example, marriage certificates, death certificates, all divorce decrees (complete and with a note from the court as to when the judgment is final ("legal force note"))

if applicable, recognition of the foreign divorce by the President of the Higher Regional Court

  • Had a spouse ever established a registered civil partnership:
  • Proof of the establishment and dissolution of all civil partnerships
  • Translations of all documents in a foreign language by translators sworn in in Germany
  • In individual cases, further documents may be required.


  • The marriage was concluded abroad and at least one of the partners has German citizenship.
  • None of the partners has a domicile or habitual residence in Germany.
  • Art. 11 para. 1 EGBGB
  • Art. 13 para. 14 EGBGB
  • Art. 17b EGBGB
  • § 34 PStG
  • § 39 PStG
  • § 41 PStG
  • A person with German citizenship has married abroad. The person does not have a domicile or habitual residence in Germany and submits the application for notarization in the marriage register, at the competent registry office 1 in Berlin.
  • The registry office 1 in Berlin examines the application and certifies the marriage if it has become convinced on the basis of the evidence provided that the marriage has been concluded.

Responsible for the content

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

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