Marriage certificates belong to the so-called civil status certificates, and an official translation of the document by a certified translator is required in a number of situations, for example:
- Recognition of marriage in a foreign country
- Change in citizenship
- Naturalization in Germany
- Deaths and successions when the testator’s bank account is in another country
- Adoption in a foreign country
- Divorce in a foreign country
In most of these matters, other documents may also have to be submitted. In Germany, the recognition of a marriage if at least one of the two partners isn’t a German national may require the presentation of a so-called “Ehefähigkeitszeugnis” (certificate of no impediment to marriage) that proves that the person is eligible for marriage by the laws of his/her home country. Some countries also demand a “Ledigkeitsbescheinigung” (certificate of no marriage), which confirms that the partner is not already legally married to another person.
Contact the competent authority to find out which documents they need. We’ll be glad to make the necessary translations – simply send us a copy and present the original document if this is necessary.
Further information from the Federal Foreign Office
The Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany has compiled a detailed catalogue of questions and answers on using foreign certificates in Germany and German certificates in foreign countries for you. You will find important information on international certificate transmissions as well as leaflets of the embassies of all countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – by the Federal Foreign Office here (Subject: “Certification/legalisation/apostille/acquisition of certificates”) and here (Subject: “International certificate transmissions – legalisations, apostille, examination of certificates”).
How can I get my marriage certificate translated?
TetraLingua Fachübersetzung would be delighted to translate your marriage certificate. If you’d like us to give you a quote, simply send us a copy of your marriage certificate – just as a photo or a scan. You can show us the original document later on, should this be necessary. Simply fill out the form on the right, and we’ll send you a non-binding offer as soon as we can. We look forward to receiving your request!
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