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Certificate of no impediment
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
A certificate of no impediment to marriage certifies that there are no legal obstacles to an intended marriage. Whether such a certificate is required depends on the law of the country in which the marriage is to take place.
If you are a foreigner wishing to marry in Germany, you must present a certificate of no impediment to marriage from the country of which you are a citizen. This is a requirement of German marriage law. In this certificate, the competent home authority must confirm that there is no legal impediment to marriage under your home law. Nationals of countries whose law does not provide for a certificate of no impediment to marriage require a formal exemption from the obligation to provide a certificate of no impediment to marriage. This exemption is granted by the President of the Higher Regional Court.
If you are a German citizen wishing to marry abroad, please enquire with the competent foreign authority as to whether a certificate of no impediment to marriage is required there. The certificate is issued by the registry office of your German place of residence if there are no obstacles to the intended marriage under German law. Due to international treaties, especially with our immediate neighboring countries, there are some special features in this area about which your registry office can inform you.
The above also applies to homeless foreigners, persons entitled to asylum as well as foreign refugees and stateless persons with habitual residence in Germany.
Who should I contact?
As a foreign national:
To the registry office of your partner's place of residence (habitual abode).
If you are German:
To the registry office of your place of residence (habitual abode).
Which documents are required?
- Extended registration certificate from the competent registration authority, stating your nationality,
- Birth certificate and certified copy from the register of births,
- Marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate of the previous marriage or previous civil partnership as well as proof of its dissolution.
What are the fees?
The issue of a certificate of no impediment to marriage for Germans costs 50.00 euros, if foreign law is also to be observed 80.00 euros.
- For foreigners in Germany: Section 1309 of the German Civil Code (BGB),
- for Germans abroad: § 39 of the Civil Status Act (PStG).
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