Applying for a Marriage Certificate

Find out about the legal requirements for getting married in Switzerland...

If either or both parties of the engaged couple (whether Swiss or of foreign nationality) live in Switzerland then the application can be made at the Registry Office of either's commune of residence.

If neither party of the couple live in Switzerland, the application must be made at the Registry Office in the district chosen for the marriage celebration, or through an authorised representative.

Required Documents

Non-Swiss citizens should ask their local Registry Office for information and a detailed list of the documents needed for the marriage application.

The following documents will almost certainly be needed:

  • Photo identification (driving licence or passport)
  • Notarised affidavit stating current address and marital status (single, divorced or widowed)
  • Certified copies of birth certificates (Geburtsurkunde); a certified copy issued no more than six months before the planned marriage, in German, French or Italian, showing the names of the parents
  • If previously married: a certified copy of the final divorce decree, or death certificate of the former spouse
  • A completed marriage request form available from the Registry Office

Once the documents and marriage request form have been completed the registrar may need to interview the couple (established if this is required); interviews are by appointment only.

The couple will be notified in writing if the application is approved.

The marriage ceremony must take place within a minimum of ten days and a maximum of three months after the approval is granted. An appointment should be made with the Registry Office.

Unusual Circumstances

Foreign nationals who cannot meet the normal requirements may be granted permission to marry based on the national law of either of the couple. This should be applied for with the Cantonal Registrar supervisory authority. There may be a charge for this.