Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Austria
Allow at least 2-6 weeks from arrival in Austria to wedding date to process paperwork (2-6 weeks to receive a scheduled wedding date). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.
Necessary legal documents:
Please note that all documents must be submitted in German. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in Austria for an authorized translator. All translated documents must be certified with and apostille stamp.
- Original or certified copy of birth certificates (stating full names of both parents)
- Valid Passports
- Photocopies of passport photo page of each of your witnesses (make sure it includes their names, addresses and occupations)
- Certificate of Residence (driver’s license or tax return)
- Certificate of No Impediment* with Apostille (valid for 6 months)(obtained from the Austrian Embassy in your home country)
- Deed Poll (Any change of name requires stamped and dated legal proof by a solicitor)
- Divorce decree and marriage certificate from a previous, corresponding marriage, if applicable. (Austrian Ministry of Justice is required for previous marriages performed in a country other than the couple’s home country or if the previous marriage consisted of two different nationalities.)
- Death certificates, if applicable
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
All legally recognized weddings preformed in Austria are civil ceremonies. The ceremony is preformed in German. If either party does not speak German, an interpreter should be hired. Traditional, religious, non-denominational or secular ceremonies are not legally recognized, but can proceed a civil ceremony to fulfill the desires of the bride and groom-to-be.
- Age and Relation
The bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. If one party is underage, but no younger than 16 years, the court may authorize the marriage. They cannot be related by blood.
Two witnesses over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide their passports.
If both parties are not citizens and do not reside in Austria, take all paperwork (in person) to the in Vienna . Contact the Standesamt to request having a wedding planner file your application. Once permission is granted, this can greatly reduce the waiting period between submitting your application and receiving your wedding date.
Note that the couple should consider what surname(s) they will take prior to getting married. The application will ask each party to state this information.
- Weddings in Austria are generally recognized internationally. We recommend contacting the Embassy or Consulate in your home country prior to leaving on your trip to confirm this recognition. Plan to register your Austrian marriage in your home country upon your return.
*A Certificate of No Impediment, is also known as a Single Status Affidavit, Single Status Statutory Declaration, Certificate of No Record, a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage, Certificate of Nulla Osta or a Certificate de coutume (plus an MP2A form).
Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.
We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Austria” in the subject line.
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