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Apply for a certificate of marital capacity for German citizens domiciled or habitually resident abroad


If they wish to marry abroad, it may be that there is a legal norm in the intended state of marriage that requires the submission of such a certificate.

The responsibility for issuing a certificate of marital capacity for this group of persons (German citizens with domicile or habitual residence abroad) is located at the registry office 1 in Berlin.

  • The person must have German citizenship.
  • You must have your domicile and habitual residence abroad
  • The intended marriage should take place abroad
  • Under German law, the intended marriage may not be precluded by a ground for impediment to marriage
  • As with a German citizen, the requirements, type and format of the evidence to be provided and the examination of the marriage requirements are governed by German law.
  • Public documents must prove:
    • Civil status
    • The domicile, habitual residence
    • Nationality
    • As well as, if applicable, the last marriage and/or civil partnerships and their dissolution

Costs may be incurred for the issuance of a certificate of marital capacity. Please contact your registry office.

After issuance, the certificate of marital capacity is valid for a period of six months.

Depending on the individual case

Please contact the registry office 1 Berlin.


The issuance of a certificate of marital capacity is applied for at the responsible registry office 1 in Berlin. If the examination shows that there is no impediment to the intended marriage under German law and the necessary information on the person of both spouses has been provided, the registry office issues the requested certificate of marital capacity.

  • § 13 PStG
  • § 39 PStG
  • § 1309 paragraph 1 sentence 1 and 2 BGB
  • Senator for the Interior, Department 23 – Civil Status Law, of the State of Bremen

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