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Register marriage

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Service Description

An intended marriage must be registered at the registry office in whose jurisdiction one of the partners resides. The requirements for the marriage are checked there and, if necessary, documented in a certificate of matrimonial capacity. If there is no impediment to marriage, the registry office will inform the couple of this. A date for the marriage can also be set, taking into account the interests of the marriage and in consultation with the marriage registry office.

The marriage may take place in the presence of a maximum of two witnesses if the parties to the marriage so wish.

The marriage can also take place at any other German registry office. In such cases, the registry office of the place of residence will inform the marriage registry office of the result of its examination of the application.

The spouses should determine a common family name (married name). In the case of marriages between partners with joint custody, i.e. between the parents of children born out of wedlock, the married name also extends to the joint children.

Since October 1, 2017, marriages between same-sex partners have also been possible in Germany due to the law introducing the right to marry for persons of the same sex.


Who should I contact?

To the registry office of your place of residence (your habitual residence) or that of your partner.

Which documents are required?

For information on the documents required for registering the marriage and more detailed information on the marriage ceremony, please contact the registry office in person, as these can vary greatly in individual cases.

As a rule, foreign couples need a certificate of no impediment to marriage from their home country.

What are the fees?
  • The examination of the marriage requirements costs 50.00 euros, if foreign law is also to be observed 80.00 euros. If the law of a country that does not issue a certificate of no impediment to marriage is to be observed, an additional 20.00 euros per law to be observed.
  • As a rule, there is no charge for the marriage ceremony.
  • There is a fee of 40 euros if you get married at a registry office other than the one at your place of residence.
  • Additional fees are charged for special circumstances, such as marriages outside office hours or outside the office premises.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The marriage can only be concluded once it has been established that there are no obstacles to the marriage.

The date for the marriage must be within six months of the date on which the result of the examination is communicated.

Legal basis
  • §§ Sections 11 - 15, 41 of the Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • §§ 28 f. Ordinance on Civil Status (PStV)
  • §§ Sections 1310 - 1312, 1616 - 1617c of the German Civil Code (BGB)
  • Art 13 Introductory Act to the Civil Code (BGBEG)
  • § SECTION 1353 BGB
What else should I know?

If you have changed your name, your personal documents, such as your ID card, passport or registration certificate part II (vehicle registration document) must also be changed. The relevant office will provide you with precise information about which documents need to be changed.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Who should I contact?

To the registry office of your place of residence (your habitual residence) or that of your partner.

Which documents are required?

For information on the documents required for registering the marriage and more detailed information on the marriage ceremony, please contact the registry office in person, as these can vary greatly in individual cases.

As a rule, foreign couples need a certificate of no impediment to marriage from their home country.

What are the fees?

  • The examination of the marriage requirements costs 50.00 euros, if foreign law is also to be observed 80.00 euros. If the law of a country that does not issue a certificate of no impediment to marriage is to be observed, an additional 20.00 euros per law to be observed.
  • As a rule, there is no charge for the marriage ceremony.
  • There is a fee of 40 euros if you get married at a registry office other than the one at your place of residence.
  • Additional fees are charged for special circumstances, such as marriages outside office hours or outside the office premises.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The marriage can only be concluded once it has been established that there are no obstacles to the marriage.

The date for the marriage must be within six months of the date on which the result of the examination is communicated.

Legal basis

  • §§ Sections 11 - 15, 41 of the Civil Status Act (PStG)
  • §§ 28 f. Ordinance on Civil Status (PStV)
  • §§ Sections 1310 - 1312, 1616 - 1617c of the German Civil Code (BGB)
  • Art 13 Introductory Act to the Civil Code (BGBEG)
  • § SECTION 1353 BGB

What else should I know?

If you have changed your name, your personal documents, such as your ID card, passport or registration certificate part II (vehicle registration document) must also be changed. The relevant office will provide you with precise information about which documents need to be changed.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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