How can a German marry in Italy?

What documents must a German citizen present to get married in Italy?

You will need:

  • ID card or passport valid for at least six months.
  • The Certificate of Marital Capacity, the so-called “Ehefähigkeitszeugnis” certifies the so-called ability to marry. If both engaged couples are German, a joint marriage certificate is sufficient.
    An application for a marriage certificate can be obtained at all German registry offices and embassies or consulates abroad.

The registry office of the German citizen’s place of residence or last place of residence is responsible for issuing the marriage capacity certificate.

According to the 1980 Munich Convention, the so-called Certificate of Marital Capacity will be issued on a multilingual (international) form and is therefore not subject to any translation or legalization.

If you have never had a residence in Germany or were only temporary, the competence to issue the Certificate of Marital Capacity is the Berlin Registry Office I (www.berlin.de/standesamt1).

The Certificate of Marital Capacity is issued on an international (multilingual) form and, like the so-called “nulla osta” is valid for six months.

Once you have obtained the certificate of marital capacity from your city hall and documents proving that your partner has no impediments to marriage (if they are not German), you can provide them to your wedding planner in Italy, who will book the appointment at the town hall for the declaration of no impediments in which they declare that there are no impediments of kinship, affinity, adoption or affiliation between them, nor other impediments pursuant to art. 85, 86, 87 and 88 of the Civil Code, and the subsequent civil marriage ceremony.

You will need two witnesses of legal age with ID attending the wedding ceremony with you.

The presence of an interpreter will also be required if even one of the bride and groom does not understand Italian.

It should also be noted that divorced women cannot be married until 300 days after the divorce decree or the day she eventually become widow.

After that, they must obtain permission from the Italian Court by submitting a medical certificate attesting to the absence of pregnancy.

After the marriage is celebrated, the municipality registrar will issue you with one or more marriage certificates in international form for your purposes as needed.

If the registrar cannot issue the certificates immediately, you can ask to have them delivered to your address.

Regarding the validity of your marriage, be aware that a marriage contracted in Italy is also valid in Germany if the parties to the marriage meet the requirements for marriage according to the respective laws of the countries of origin and if the marriage was formally contracted according to Italian law.

Thanks to the Munich Convention, the marriage certificate issued by the civil status office of the municipality where you will be married is not subject to legalization and translation if it is presented to German authority, hence you don’t need any recognition process to be started for your Italian marriage in Germany.


If the marriage certificate need to be presented in another foreign country, legalization in an Italian Prefettura or Public Prosecutor’s Office (Procura della Repubblica) may be required (e.g. Apostille if the destination Country has signed The Hague Convention).


Like legalization, the Apostille according to the Hague Convention confirms the authenticity of a document.

In conclusion, unlike consular legalization, the apostille, when applicable, it is placed by a designated authority of the state where the document was issued (in Italy, the Prefettura or the Public Prosecutor’s Office).
In this case, it is no longer necessary to involve consular officials of the state where the document is designated to go.

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