Marriage in Germany

How can I register my marriage?

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In Germany, you do not need to be officially married to live with your partner and have children. Many, however, still opt for marriage. Official marriage often entails a somewhat complicated process. Here, you will find everything you need to know before registering your marriage.

What do I need to know?

Where can I get married?

Who can get married?

Which documents do I need?

How much does it cost to register a marriage?

Which steps does the marriage registration entail?

Can I get married abroad?

Can I bring my partner to Germany, so we can marry here?

How can a marriage affect my residence permit?

What are my rights and obligations after the marriage?


For many foreign citizens, it is easier to register their marriage abroad (e.g. in Denmark) because compared to Germany, couples need to submit fewer documents for registering their marriage.