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Getting married in Germany


General Information

In Germany, marriage may only be contracted before a registrar. It is suggested that foreign citizens contact the appropriate registrar's office ('Standesamt') for detailed information. This page conveys general information only. Application should be filed with the registrar's office where either party has his or her residence. If neither party has a residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, one of the following central registrar's offices should be contacted:

Bavaria:
Hauptstandesamt München
Ruppertstrasse 11
80337 München
standesamt.kvr@muenchen.de

Southwest Germany:
Standesamt Baden-Baden
Augustaplatz 1
76530 Baden-Baden
standesamt@baden-baden.de

North Germany:
Hauptstandesamt Hamburg
Borgfelder Str. 64
20537 Hamburg
standesamt@hamburg-mitte.hamburg.de

Berlin:
Standesamt I Berlin
Schönstedtstr. 5
13357 Berlin
info.stand1@labo.berlin.de

These offices can give permission to any registrar's office in their district to perform the function.

A religious ceremony is optional.

The parties must register their intention to marry with the registrar.

Documents to submit

Foreign citizens are required to submit the following documents to the registrar:

1. Identification document with photograph (e.g. passport, identity card)

2. Original birth certificate or certified copy showing parents' names. A translation might be required. A baptismal certificate is not acceptable. Certificate of Naturalization must also be exhibited if applicant has been naturalized.

3. If widowed, original death certificate or certified copy of deceased spouse. A translation might be required.

4. If divorced, copy of final decree showing the seal of the court which, if marriage was dissolved by an Irish court, must be dated after the end of the interlocutory period or original decree showing date filed or, if filing date is not shown, in addition a certificate from the court stating that no appeal was filed.

All documents listed under No. 4 must be accompanied by translations into German, made by a certified German translator.

If the previous marriage was dissolved by a court other than a German court, the divorce decree might have to be approved by the appropriate German State Ministry of Justice.

5. If a minor, a statement executed by a legal representative, i.e. father and mother or guardian, before a notary public, giving consent in accordance with the laws of the individual's country. Since some German States require a special form of consent, the appropriate registrar should be contacted for detailed information.

6. All foreigners marrying in Germany require an “Ehefähigkeitszeugnis” which is a Certificate of Free Status stating that they are legally free to marry. Please note that the Embassy cannot issue this document. In order to obtain it, Irish nationals should contact the General Register Office in Roscommon, German nationals should contact the German Standesamt which has issued the birth certificate.


7. Medical certificate (blood test) might be required.

The registrar's office will provide the basic information. The registrar's office will also decide which personal documents are required.

It is advisable to contact the registrar's office well in advance to make sure that the marriage can be contracted at the intended date. The registrar's office will answer any further questions which may arise.


Names according to German law


Please find further information down below, regarding:

1. married name declaration
2. name declaration for a child
3. name declaration after divorce


Name declarations will be forwardeded together with the necessary documents to the German Registrar’s Office in charge. There the case will be verified. As soon as the Embassy receives the conficonfirmation, you will be informed that you can collect your new passport with the declared name or that you can apply for a new passport.
Unfortunately the Embassy cannot give information regarding the duration of the process as it depends on the particular Registrar’s Office.
As a rule, the record of the name change at the Registrar’s Office and the issuance of a name certificate are subject of charges. The name certificates will only be issued at your request.
These charges are subject to the respective federal state’s legislation and to the certain case.
Before sending the certificate, the Registrar’s Office will send a demand of payment of the charges.
The charges for the Registrar’s Office cannot be paid in via the Embassy, but have to be paid in directly (for example by bank transfer by friends or relatives in Germany).
The process time at the different Registrar’s Offices can vary and the Embassy has no influence on it
and can also not forecast the duration.


Married-name declaration
The name of a German national does not change automatically by marriage alone. In Germany the
spouses can opt for one of their last names to become a so called “married name” (Ehename) when
they get married (or later) by name declaration. The spouse whose name does not become the married
name can add his or her previous name with a hyphen in front of or behind the married name.
If you got married outside of Germany and have made a name declaration at the time of your wedding and your marriage certificate shows evidence of this, please contact the Embassy in order to find
out whether this is recognised by German law.

If no name declaration is made (as is the case with all marriages in Ireland) the name has not changed
and each spouse still bears the same name as before the marriage - even if one spouse has already been
using the other spouse’s name in everyday life. It is also possible to do a married-name declaration
after the marriage. Either at a German mission abroad at your place of residence or a German Registrar’s Office.
If the German spouse wishes to change surname after marriage, it is necessary to make a name
declaration.
Therefore, in order to change your name to your spouse’s name and if you live in Ireland, please send
us an email to arrange an appointment for the name declaration, attaching the completed form from the
previous site as well as a scan of all the necessary documents (see list below) and give as reference
“name declaration spouses”, to the email address you find in the form.
Both spouses must come in person, since their signatures have to be certified in order for the
name declaration to become valid.
Please note that, as a rule, applicants who are late or do not have the required documentation cannot
be seen to that day and will have to make a new appointment.
The following documents are required as originals with two photocopies each:
Valid passports for both spouses (or German Personalausweis)
Birth certificates of both spouses (if applicable with German translation and apostil
apostille)

  1. Marriage certificate (if applicable with German translation and apostille)
  2. Divorce decree absolute for divorcees (if applicable with proof of recognition by German law)
  3. Proof of residence in Ireland (for example a current utility bill)
  4. If applicable a deregistration certificate (“Abmeldebescheinigung”) from your last Germanresidence or a current registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung) from your place of residence in Germany
  5. If applicable birth certificates of children the spouses have together


As a rule, translations of foreign documents are required (not with international documents). If you do not provide a translation, your declaration will still be forwarded to the Registrar, who may request translations at a later date.
Depending on the case more documents may become necessary or can be requested by the competent
Standesamt (Registrar) at a later date.
The fee for the name declaration is 25 €, please note that we can only accept cash payments and
would kindly ask you to provide e an exact amount.
In addition the Embassy has to charge a fee of minimum 10 € for the certification of the photocopies required by the Registrar.

Name declaration for a child
In cases where the parents are married, but do not have a married name, the parents must make a name
declaration in order for the child to obtain a birth name, even if the child has already been registered
abroad under a certain name. Without the name declaration a passport issuance is not possible and the
child does not possess a surname according to German law. A name declaration is necessary first.
A child whose parents are unmarried at the time of the child’s birth will usually have the mother’s surname as his or her birth name when the mother holds sole custody. Therefore, if you want the child to
have the mother’s name in these cases, a name declaration is not necessary. If the parents want the
child to bear the father’s name they have to make a name declaration.
In order to avoid waiting time, please send us an email to arrange an appointment for the name declaration,
, attaching the completed form from the previous site as well as a scan of all the necessary
documents (see list below) and give as reference “name declaration children”, to the email address you
find in the form.
Both parents must come in person, since their signatures have to be certified in order for the
name declaration to become valid.
Please note that, as a rule, applicants who did not send in their documents in advance cannot be seen
to that day and will have to make a new appointment.
The following documents are required as originals with two photocopies each:

  1. Valid passports for both parents (or German Personalausweis)
  2. Marriage certificate or proof of paternity
  3. If applicable, proof of joint custody (if parents are unmarried)
  4. The child’s birth certificate
  5. Birth certificates of both spouses/ parents
  6. Divorce decree absolute for divorcees (if applicable with proof of recognition by German law or apostille and proof of suspension of the name declaration of one parent)
  7. Proof of residence in Ireland (for example a current utility bill)
  8. If applicable birth certificates and name declaration of other children the spouses have together

As a rule, translations of foreign documents are required (not with international documents). If you do
not provide a translation, your declaration will still be forwarded to the Registrar, who may request
translations at a later date.
Depending on the case more documents may become necessary or can be requested by the competent
Standesamt (Registrar) at a later date.

The fee for the name declaration is 25 €, please note that we can only accept cash payments and
would kindly ask you to provide an exact amount.
In addition the Embassy has to charge a fee of Minimum 10 € for the certification of the photocopies
required by the Registrar.


Name declaration after divorce
After the divorce it is possible to change the name back to the maiden name or a previous married name or to put it in front or behind of the maiden name or previous married name by name declaration.
If you do not want to change your name, no name declaration is required.
In order to avoid waiting time, please send us an email to arrange an appointment for the name declaration, attaching the completed form from the previous site as well as a scan of all the necessary documents (see list below) and give as reference “name after divorce”, to the email address you find in the form.
Applicant s who did not send in their documents in advance cannot be seen.

Please note that, as a rule, applicants who did not send in their documents in advance cannot be seen
to that day and will have to make a new appointment.


The following documents are required as originals with two photocopies each:

  1. Valid passport of the affected spouse
  2. Birth certificate of the affected spouse
  3. Marriage certificate and proof of the married name related to the marriage (Registrar’s Family records, “Familienbuch” or certificate of name declaration, “Namensbescheinigung”)
  4. Divorce decree (If applicable with proof of recognition by German law or a apostille)
  5. Proof of residence in Ireland (for example current utility bill)

Depending on the case more documents may become necessary or can be requested by the competent
Standesamt (Registrar) at a later date.
The fee for the name declaration is 25,-€, please note that we can only accept cash payments and
would kindly ask you to provide an exact amount. In addition the Embassy has to charge a fee of
minimum 10,- € for the certification of the photocopies required by the Registrar.


Please note that all information given in this section is based on the knowledge the Embassy had at the time of issue. The Embassy does not take any responsibility for changes that may have taken place since this publication.


Additional content

In order for the Embassy to prepare your Name declaration, please fill out one of the forms and E-Mail it to the Embassy before your appointment.

Preparing your Name declaration

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