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FAQ - Marriage in Germany

May I get married in Germany if I am not a German resident? What is required to get married in Germany?

You may get married in Germany if you are not a German resident. The necessary documentation varies by registration office (Standesamt), so the first step is to make an appointment with the local Standesamt to determine what their requirements are.

Documents you are almost certain to need are your passport and a recent (less than six months old) copy of your birth certificate, along with a certificate of no impediments or certificate of free status (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis) from your home embassy proving you are eligible to marry. All documents from another country will require an Apostille (a certification from the issuing authority that it is a legal document). Obviously, you need to ask your own embassy or the German embassy in your country what specific requirements you need to fulfill.

One source of information is the U.S. Embassy's German website: germany.usembassy.gov/acs/getting_married/. Another is the German Embassy's Australian website: www.germany.embassy.gov.au/belngerman/MarriageGer.html or the UK Embassy's German website ukingermany.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/living-in-germany/marriages-germany.

More information can be found in the HowToGermany.com article "Getting Married".