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Post-certification of a marriage concluded abroad
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
There is no formal recognition procedure for foreign marriages in Germany. If you have married abroad, you are therefore not obliged to register in a German marriage register.
However, to make it easier for you to deal with authorities and other institutions, it may be advantageous for you to have yourself entered in a German marriage register at the registry office responsible for you. There you can subsequently have a German marriage certificate issued. This proves your marriage and provides information about the name.
A marriage that took place abroad is recognized in Germany if the regulations that apply in the country of marriage have been observed and the marriage took place in front of a legally authorized person.
Marriage certificates from abroad are generally recognized in Germany in the case of a marriage validly concluded for the German legal sphere, but are often only accepted if their authenticity has been established in a special procedure. For this purpose, an apostille or legalization is helpful, which confirms the authenticity of the document. If the document was not written in German, a translation is required in many cases.
- Responsible for the subsequent certification is the registry office in whose jurisdiction you have or last had your residence or habitual abode in Germany.
- If you have never lived in Germany, the "Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten - Standesamt I in Berlin" is responsible for you.
Who should I contact?
If you are resident in Germany, your local registry office is responsible.
- The marriage was contracted abroad and at least one of the two persons has German citizenship or is recognized as a foreign refugee, person entitled to asylum or stateless person.
Which documents are required?
- Marriage certificate (marriage certificate) about the marriage concluded abroad, if necessary with certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalization by the German diplomatic mission abroad
- valid identity card, passport or travel document or use of an ID function
- if applicable, naturalization certificate, citizenship certificate
- in case of birth of the spouses in Germany:
- certified copies of the birth registers from the registry offices of the places of birth
- in case of birth of the spouses abroad:
- Birth certificates with certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalization by the German diplomatic mission abroad.
- one of the spouses has been married before:
- certified copy from the German marriage register of the last marriage with dissolution notice
- alternatively or in case of previous marriage abroad: proof of the conclusion and dissolution of all previous marriages, for example marriage certificates, death certificates, all divorce decrees, with proof of authenticity (apostille or legalization)
- complete and with note of the court, since when the judgment is legally binding ("Rechtskraftvermerk")
- if applicable, recognition of the foreign divorce by the President of the Higher Regional Court
- one of the spouses had already entered into a registered civil partnership:
- Evidence of the establishment and dissolution of all civil partnerships.
- translations of all documents in foreign language by translators sworn in Germany
- in individual cases further documents may be required
What are the fees?
These fees apply to the registry office in Berlin.
If you are resident in Germany, your local registry office is responsible. The following fees may apply in Schleswig-Holstein:
- 80.00 EUR Notarization of marriage abroad
- 30,00 EUR Declaration of name
- 30.00 EUR Alignment of names, if applicable
- 30.00 EUR Affidavit in lieu of an oath, if applicable
- EUR 15.00 Issue of a marriage certificate or a certificate on the use of names
- EUR 7.50 for each additional marriage certificate requested at the same time
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
- During their lifetime, only the spouses themselves may apply for the marriage to be notarized.
- After the death of both spouses, their parents and children are also entitled to apply.
- Request for instruction at the local court (personal status court) responsible for the registry office
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