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Apply for registration in the marriage register


Duly issued marriage certificates (marriage certificates) from abroad are generally recognised in Germany. There is no obligation to re-notarize.

However, the subsequent entry in the marriage register can be advantageous, because the local registry office can then issue you with a German marriage certificate. Any translations and certifications of the foreign document will thus be omitted in the future.

Details on the modalities and the documents that the registry office requires from you in detail, please inquire there in advance by telephone.

  • Compile the necessary documents and visit the registry office.
  • The registrar checks whether certification by a German registry office is possible.
  • If the conditions are met, the entry in the marriage register can take place.

If necessary, the registry office will issue you with a marriage certificate after registration has been completed.

  • if you are resident in Germany: the registry office of the place where you live or habitually reside
  • if you reside abroad: Standesamt I in Berlin

Standesamt I in Berlin
Schönstedtstrasse 5
13357 Berlin (Mitte)
Phone: + 49 30 90 269-5000
fax: + 49 30 90 269-5245

Opening hours:
Mon closed
Tue 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed closed
Thu 14:00 to 17:00
Fri closed

A marriage contracted abroad can only be entered in the German marriage register if it has been validly concluded. In addition, it may not contradict German law.

The re-certification of the marriage is possible for:

  • German citizens
  • Stateless, homeless foreigners or foreign refugees habitually resident in Germany

Eligible applicants:

  • each spouse
  • both died:
    • their parents or
    • their children
  • Marriage certificate (marriage certificate) for the marriage contracted abroad, possibly with certification by the competent foreign authority (apostille) or legalisation by the German mission abroad
  • valid identity card, passport or travel document
  • naturalisation certificate, certificate of nationality, if applicable
  • Translations of all documents in a foreign language by sworn translators in Germany

Further additional documents required:

at the birth of the spouses in Germany:

  • birth certificates

In case of birth of the spouses abroad:

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

Has a spouse ever been married:

  • certified copy from the marriage register of the last marriage marriage with dissolution note
  • alternatively or in the case of a previous marriage abroad: proof of the conclusion and dissolution of all marriages – for example, marriage certificates, death certificates, all divorce decrees (complete and with a note from the court since when the judgment has been final / "legally binding note")
  • if applicable, recognition of the foreign divorce by the President of the Higher Regional Court

If a spouse had ever entered into a registered civil partnership:

  • Evidence of the establishment and dissolution of all civil partnerships

The fee depends on the nationality of the spouses at the time of the marriage.

  • Notarisation of a marriage contracted abroad
    • for German citizenship of both partners: 60,00 Euro
    • in the case of foreign nationality
      • of a partner: 90,00 Euro
      • of both partners: 110,00 Euro
  • Notarization or certification of a declaration, consent or consent to the use of a name due to family law regulations: 25,00 Euro
  • Issue of marriage certificate:
    • one copy: 10,00 Euro
    • each additional copy, if requested at the same time: 5,00 Euro

Since 1 January 2009, certified copies from the family register are no longer issued – the registry office continues to keep the data of the family books as marriage entries.

If you need proof, please request a marriage certificate.

If you got married abroad, you can apply to the registry office of your home town for the marriage to be subsequently certified in the German marriage register.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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