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If you contemplate getting married in Germany you have to visit the Standesamt to give notice of the impending marriage. Call the Standesamt to verify opening hours before visiting because most likely the office will be open only for a couple of hours during the week.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Passport. Military i.d. Cards are not always accepted.
  • Birth certificate.
  • An affidavit stating that you are single.
  • Marriage questionnaire
  • Power of attorney to register.
  • Certificate of eligibility to marry
  • Widowed persons must submit the death certificate of their former spouse.
  • Certificate of Finality of Divorce
  • Certified copy of the divorce judgment
  • Marriage Certificate (of all previous marriages)
  • Bi-lingual Affidavit of Marital History
  • A foreign fianc (e) not residing within Germany or another European Union (EU) country has to either apply for a VISA or may enter the country without a VISA (where possible).
  • If one of the parties to be wed is at least 16 years old but not yet 18 years old, the
  • German age of emancipation, then that party needs to seek approval from the Family Court in order to be wed.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Generally, you can choose between three Standesmter
(1) The one where you are stationed
(2) The one where you live and
(3) The one where your fianc (e) resides
(4) Any other Standesamt in Germany provided that you contacted one of the below - mentioned Standeslamter first.

Below are some of registrars addresses.
Standesamt Charlottenburg von Berlin
Alt- Lietzow 28
10587 Berlin

Standesamt Wilmersdorf von Berlin
Berkaer Platz 1
14199 Berlin

Standesamt Schneberg von Berlin
10825 Berlin

Standesamt Tempelhof von Berlin
Tempelhofer Damm 165/169
12099 Berlin

Standesamt Reinichendorf von Berlin
Eichborndamm 215/239
13437 Berlin

Standesamt Lichtenberg von Berlin
Anton-Saefkow-Platz 7
10369 Berlin

Standesamt Pankow von Berlin
13187 Berlin

Auenstelle Berlin-Buch
Wetbergstr. 38
13125 Berlin

Standesamt Hohenschnhausen von Berlin
Zingster Str. 2
13051 Berlin

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The minimum age for marriage is eighteen. With parental consent, one party may be younger than eighteen, but not younger than sixteen years of age. You might have to consult a family court.


The civil ceremony costs about 100-200. There may be additional fees during the application process.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Six (6) months

Related Videos[edit]

How to get married in Germany

Germany Wedding
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  • Once you have all papers prepared and turned in, then - depending on your special case - it will be only a matter of 2-6 weeks before the civil wedding ceremony
  • Both spouses must be present at the mandatory civil wedding ceremony.
  • A religious ceremony by a military chaplain or civilian clergyman is optional.
  • Upon completion of the registry process you have to get married within the following 6 months

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the couple getting married.
  • Name of their Witnesses.
  • Age of the couple intending to get married.
  • Marital history.
  • If your fianc (e) cannot be present when you register for the impending marriage, then you need to present a written statement indicating that he/she agrees to the initiation of the registry process (Beitrittserklarung).
  • Date of Birth.
  • City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Germany does not recognize common law marriages and requires a mandatory civil wedding ceremony before a registrar of vital statistics (Standesbeamter) at the local Office of Vital Statistics (Standesamt)

Information which might help[edit]

All required documents must be translated and be no older than six months. You need to hire a sworn interpreter for the translation or a lawyer to certify it.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

If a spouse dies, property and pensions are passed on to the widow(er).
The partners have to support each other financially.
In case of a divorce, a binding settlement can be demanded.

External Links[edit]

Marriage in Germany
Getting Married in Germany

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Both parties need a passport as well as proof of residence that has been valid for over three weeks.