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Document: request a civil status certificate

There are life situations in which additional civil documents are required.

The Bremen registry offices only issue these documents if the marriage, establishment of a civil partnership, birth or death has taken place in the respective registry office district of the Bremen-Mitte or Bremen-Nord registry office and the deadline for the keeping of civil status records by the registry offices has not yet expired.

The following time limits apply:

  • Birth register 110 years
  • Marriage register 80 years
  • Civil partnership register 80 years
  • Death register 30 years

Information on older civil registers can be obtained from the Bremen State Archives ( https://www.staatsarchiv.bremen.de/ ).

We can issue these documents for you:

  • Certified register printouts from all registers (e.g. for registering a marriage)
    - as a certified copy if the register is kept on paper
    - as a register printout if the register is kept electronically
    and more
  • Birth certificates (also multilingual),
  • death certificates (also multilingual),
  • marriage certificates (also multilingual),
  • civil partnership certificates,
  • marriage certificates (also multilingual), if the marriage took place abroad and the marriage was subsequently certified here (until 31.12.2008 through the creation of a family register on application, from 1.1.2009 through subsequent certification).

Would you like information about your time of birth? Then we recommend that you apply for a certified copy of your birth register for reasons of cost.

Requirements

Entitled to file an application are

  • persons to whom the entry in the register relates (certified person
  • spouses, civil partners)
  • ancestors and descendants (e.g. children, grandchildren)
  • Siblings (applies only to birth and death certificates)
  • Other persons who can credibly demonstrate a legal interest or if the persons entered in the register have been deceased for 30 years
  • Authorities within the scope of their competence, stating the purpose of the request.
  • You can also authorise someone to apply for the documents on your behalf.
  • Proof of your identity is provided by presenting your identity card/passport.

Restrictions apply to

  • persons who have been adopted in lieu of a child (adoption)
  • Transsexuals
  • Persons who are protected by a blocking notice in the civil status register.