In simple terms, the civil status certificate proves that you are alive and whether you are married.
If it is not in the language you need to submit it in, you will need a certified translation of your civil status certificate.
Order the certified translation of the civil status certificate easily here in the store.
The most common case is a really nice one: you want to get married. Congratulations!
In most countries, only those who are not yet married can get married. With the certificate of civil status you can prove that you are single. It is therefore also called a certificate of unmarried status.
To prove the authenticity of unmarried certificates from abroad, they are apostilled or legalized.
Which procedure is used depends on whether the country of issue and the country in which you want to submit the certificate of civil status are both signatories to the Hague Convention on the exemption of foreign documents from legalization.
Here you can get an overview of the countries to which this applies in relation to Germany.
Find out beforehand if the apostille has to be translated as well. Of course, you can order the certified translation of the apostille at the same time.
You can find it in the store under “Certified translation: Apostille“.
The certified translation of your certificate of civil status into German is officially recognized in Germany. The translation does not need to be further certified.
If you need a certified translation of your German civil status certificate into another language, there are a few things to keep in mind:
First, you must have your certificate of civil status, such as your certificate of no impediment to marriage, apostilled or legalized.
You can easily use our apostille service for this. Then we will take care that the correct authentication is applied to your certificate of civil status.
Afterwards your document will be translated. Our translators are, with a few exceptions, sworn and publicly appointed in Germany, so that our translations are recognized here without further ado.
The situation is different if you have to submit the translation abroad.
In most cases, you will need to have the translation certified for use abroad, just as you would for your original certificate.
We will gladly do this for you!
For some countries, such as Spain, we can also stamp the translation directly because we work with translators who are sworn in there.
You can see which options you have by looking at the document whose translation you want to order. There you can choose the version that suits you and we will take care of the rest.
However, be sure to check in advance with the relevant office where you need to present the certificate of civil status and the certified translation to find out what requirements the documents must meet.