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Marriage Certificate [Heiratsurkunde]

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The marriage certificate along with the birth certificate [Geburtsurkunde], the partnership certificate [Partnerschaftsurkunde] and the death certificate [Sterbeurkunde] are the four fundamental civil status documents.

The marriage certificate represents an excerpt from the marriage records kept at the registry of births, deaths and marriage [Standesamt] and shows their basic contents.

The marriage certificate contains

  • the surnames and the first names of the husband and wife,
  • academic degrees
  • their surnames before the marriage ceremony,
  • the day and the place of their births,
  • optional the affiliation to a legally recognized church or church society and
  • the day and location of the marriage ceremony.
PLEASE NOTE

Academic degrees and professional or similar titles are attached to one's name in marriage certificates. The marriage certificate also contains the following:

  • Dissolution, annulment of any previous marriages
  • Any changes concerning the name in connection with the marriage (for example any possible double names, determination of the surname of the children originating from the marriage)
Last update: 01.01.2016
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